Past Exhibitions

Explore our past exhibitions at Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. From the Lost Dress of Elizabeth I to modern royal fashion, find out more about the displays and objects behind each exhibition.

Please note these exhibitions are closed.

For our current events, see our What's on page.

What's On

Past Exhibitions 2021

Diana, Princess of Wales in her ivory wedding dress
Things to see

Royal Style in the Making. Closed. The exhibition that explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client.

03 June - 02 January 2022

Kensington Palace

Photograph of George III's waistcoat inside Kew Palace in the George III: The Mind Behind The Myth exhibition

To celebrate the achievements of King George III, a display in 2021 considered the real man behind the much-peddled myth. This exhibition has ended.

04 June - 19 September 2021

Kew Palace

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527, by LUCAS HORENBOUT (C. 1490/5-1544)

Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.

20 April - 05 September 2021

Hampton Court Palace

Past Exhibitions 2019 - 2020

Portrait of Queen Victoria on a green background

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

24 May 2019 - 05 January 2020

Kensington Palace

The exhibition of Diana Her Fashion Story, featuring a display of her  clothes at Kensington Palace

Diana: Her Fashion Story, is the critically-acclaimed exhibition featuring some of Diana, Princess of Wales' most famous outfits.

24 February 2017 - 17 February 2019

Kensington Palace

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I exhibition, showing curator Eleri Lynn looking at the Bacton Altar Cloth in a case. The Rainbow Portrait hangs in the background of the green exhibition space.

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I, and the iconic Rainbow Portrait at Hampton Court Palace.

12 October 2019 - 23 February 2020

Hampton Court Palace

Discover our latest exhibition

Princess Margaret, looking at her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones and their two children Sarah and David.

Life Through a Royal Lens

04 March 2022

Opening in March 2022, Life Through a Royal Lens is a new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.

A selection of souvenirs on display on a staircase

Shop exhibition souvenirs

Discover the range of exclusive souvenirs featuring the print of the original design for Diana, Princes of Wales' wedding dress by Elizabeth Emanuel.

From £3.99

Royal Victoria compact mirror

Shop Victoria: Woman and Crown

A collection of gifts exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, inspired by iconic symbols from Queen Victoria's reign.

From £6.99

Palace China Collection, serviettes and cake stand.  Design inspired by the palaces in our care; delicate details taken from the rose gardens at Hampton Court Palace, the famous gates at Kensington Palace and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.   'Tea Fit for a Queen' book - reciipes and drinks for afternoon tea.  Lifestyle

Shop HRP Books & Publications

Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.

From £10.99