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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.

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Past Exhibitions/Displays 2023

  • Things to see
  • Exhibition

Crown to Couture

The blockbuster exhibition of 2023, which explored how the trailblazing fashion of 18th-century nobility has inspired today’s iconic red-carpet looks.

  • Closed
  • Kensington Palace
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Permissible Beauty

Why are some forms of beauty more permissible, more highly valued, than others?

  • Closed
  • Hampton Court Palace
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Past Exhibitions/Displays 2021 - 2022

Life Through a Royal Lens

A unique exhibition that explored the Royal Family's relationship with the camera at Kensington Palace.

  • 04 March - 30 October 2022
  • Kensington Palace
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Superbloom at the Tower of London

Superbloom was a new natural landscape created in 2022, surrounding the Tower of London.

  • 2022
  • Tower of London
  • Free
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  • Things to see

Royal Style in the Making

Past exhibition. Royal Style in the Making. The exhibition explored the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client.

  • 03 June - 02 January 2022
  • Kensington Palace
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George III: The Mind Behind The Myth

This exhibition is closed. A display in 2021 considered the real man behind the much-peddled myth to celebrate the achievements of King George III.

  • 04 June - 19 September 2021
  • Kew Palace
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Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King exhibition

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
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Past Exhibitions 2017 - 2020

Victoria: Woman and Crown

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

  • 24 May 2019 - 05 January 2020
  • Kensington Palace
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The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I

Past exhibition. 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
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Diana: Her Fashion Story

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

  • 24 February 2017 - 17 February 2019
  • Kensington Palace
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The Field of Cloth of Gold

Henry VIII's historic meeting with his great rival François I in 1520 was a defining point in his reign

Elizabeth I, the Last Tudor

From Tower prisoner to English Queen

Queen Victoria

From pampered princess to elderly empress: wife, mother and queen

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Shop Henry VIII gifts

Explore the range of products inspired by this larger than life monarch and Hampton Court Palace where all his six wives lived.

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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.

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In our home section you will find stylish lifestyle home accessories and furnishings, including cushions, tapestries, ornaments and much more which will add those finishing touches to make your room complete.

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