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
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

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Aerial view of Great Fountain Garden at Hampton Court Palace showing Baroque East Front of palace
Things to see

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

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The Kitchen Garden looking south east

Established in the late 17th century, the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court produced vast amounts of fruit and vegetables for the royal table. Today, the garden has been re-created to its 18th century heyday, using the planting pattern laid down by the palace’s Georgian gardeners.
Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supplies Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

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