Princesses' bedrooms

A unique view into the bedrooms of the daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte

A unique view into the bedrooms of the daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte

When

  • Closed until 05 April 2019

Ticketing information

Kew Palace is currently closed for the winter season and will re-open on 05 April 2019.

Included in Kew Gardens admission

Restoration of the bedrooms

George III's daughter Princess Elizabeth had her bedroom on the first floor. It has been fully restored, and includes her flamboyant Grecian couch bed. Her bedroom is next to her mothers, 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 the house was damp and unfit to house her mother during her final illness. Writing to her eldest brother, the princess described Kew 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.

Two gentlemen and a group of visitors enjoy a wander through a garden on a sunny Summers day at Hillsborough Castle. The westerly facade of the castle is visible in the background.
Things to see

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

Opening in spring 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

View of Stair Hall looking towards stairs that lead to the Royal Corridor. The walls are a soft blue and a large patterned rug covers most of the wooden floor. The walls are adorned with old political cartoons depicting the history of Irish and American politics. A gold-framed mirror hangs on the wall and a red-cushioned bench sits opposite.
Things to see

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Open Wednesday-Sunday for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

Ante Room with wooden floor, olive-green walls and dark green damask curtains. A marble bust stands in the corner, and two deep red chairs frame the doors leading to the State Entrance Hall.
Things to see

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Open Wednesday-Sunday for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

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