Queen Charlotte’s Chair

Displayed in her bedroom, where the Queen was resting when she died.

Displayed in her bedroom, where the Queen was resting when she died.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in Kew Gardens admission

Queen Charlotte's final days

Queen Charlotte died in her bedroom in Kew Palace on 17 November 1818. She was 74 years old. 

The queen had been suffering from a condition called dropsy, which causes swelling and pain. While recovering at Kew she caught pneumonia and died.

Her coffin was set out in the middle of the Dining Room downstairs, and the room was draped in black silk and lit by six large candlesticks sent from the Tower of London.

Visitors were admitted by ticket to see the queen, and on 02 December 1818 her body was moved to Windsor for burial.

Even though the weather was wet and dark, a huge crowd of people gathered on Kew Green to witness the Queen's final journey.

The room preserved by Queen Victoria

Queen Charlotte's granddaughter, Queen Victoria, said she wished the room to be kept as it had been during her grandmother's lifetime. You can see these words on a plaque on the side of the fireplace in the Queen's Bedroom. 

Queen Charlotte's Cottage surrounded by trees and garden under a blue sky
Things to see

Discover a queen's rustic country retreat in the grounds of Kew Palace with a visit to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

Open weekends only

Kew Palace

11:00-16:00

Included in Kew Gardens admission

The Great Pagoda at Kew surrounded by blue sky and green trees
Things to see Highlights

See The Great Pagoda at Kew Palace, now returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Open daily

Kew Palace

Separate ticket

A Georgian cook in red and white overalls prepares food in the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace
Things to see

Get a fascinating insight into Georgian life at Kew Palace in the Royal Kitchens, preserved as they were in 1818.

Open daily

Kew Palace

Included in Kew Gardens admission

A selection of silver jewellery celebrating the conservation of the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens.

Shop Kew Palace gifts

The most intimate of our six royal palaces, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818. These gifts and souvenirs are all inspired by Kew Palace.

Prices start from £1.99

Image is of a Clogau designed silver stacking ring inspired by The Great Pagoda at Kew.

Clogau Kew Pagoda silver and rose gold ring

Inspired by the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, this exquisite silver stacking ring features an intricate octagonal oriental design with accents of rare welsh gold.

£149.00

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration, luxury Christmas ornament depicts the Dutch House of Kew Palace which dates back to 1631

Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This luxury handmade Christmas tree decoration features the design of the front of the Dutch House at Kew Palace on the River Thames in south west London.

£29.99