Princesses' bedrooms

Wander the bedrooms of Princesses Elizabeth, Augusta and Amelia, daughters of George III

Wander the bedrooms of Princesses Elizabeth, Augusta and Amelia, daughters of George III

When

  • Start date: 05 April 2019
  • End date: 29 September 2019

Ticketing information

Included in Kew Gardens admission

The princesses' bedrooms at Kew Palace, once occupied by Princesses Elizabeth, Augusta and Amelia — the daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte — offer a unique view into the lives of Georgian royalty.

Restoration of the bedrooms

Princess Elizabeth had her bedroom on the first floor. It has been fully restored, and includes her flamboyant Grecian couch bed.

Elizabeth's bedroom is next to her mother's, reflecting her role as an intermediary when relations between the King and Queen became strained.

On the second floor you can see the partially restored bedrooms of Princess Augusta and Princess Amelia. The unrestored section shows traces of the original verditer wallpaper, a Gothic fireplace acquired at her request for Princess Amelia and early 19th century paint finishes.

Damp and unfit for a queen

Princess Elizabeth complained that Kew Palace was damp and unfit to house her mother during her final illness.

Writing to her eldest brother, the princess described the palace with sarcasm as 'this beautiful chateau', so although the furnishings were certainly elegant, the house as a royal residence was not up to the usual royal standards.

The politician Horace Walpole joked the princesses were so cramped in their bedrooms they were forced to hang their dresses on the backs of their bedroom doors.

Princess Elizabeth's Bedroom. East elevation. View looking through a doorway
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Open weekends only

Kew Palace

11:00-16:00

Included in Kew Gardens admission

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18 April - 06 May 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Various dates over Easter and May Day Bank Holiday

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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