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Kew Palace presents stories of King George III and his family

An exciting collection of personal objects telling the stories of King George III and his family will delight visitors to Kew Place beginning 2 April.

Visitors are transported back through time when they visit Kew Palace. Witness the stories of King George III and his family through a collection of personal items and engaging soundscape.

Built in 1631 for a Flemish merchant, Kew was acquired by King George II, who thought the palace appropriate for his three eldest daughters, Anne, Caroline, and Amelia.

Beginning 2 April, Historic Royal Palaces share some of the untold stories of the young Georgian princesses who called Kew their home, and the achievements expected of the daughters of a king.
Visitors will discover the leisure pursuits of Queen Charlotte and her daughters who had “instruction in drawing, painting, weaving and other handicrafts.” The new exhibit also showcases some of the artwork created by the talented Royals.

Sketches, paintings and paper cuts produced by the princesses along with the magnificent “Baby House”, decorated by the young princesses showcasing their handiwork, will be on display.

Embroidered bed from a doll's house built in the 1780s for the daughters of King George III. Photo Credit: Historic Royal Palaces 2015.

Embroidered bed from a doll’s house built in the 1780s for the daughters of King George III. Photo Credit: Historic Royal Palaces 2015.

A short walk from the palace sits Queen Charlotte’s cottage, a country retreat constructed in 1770, where the Royal Family picnicked and enjoyed a bit of quiet in a serene corner of Kew Gardens.

Step inside the cottage’s Print Room and view over 150 satirical engravings predominantly after William Hogarth.

Upstairs in the Picnic Room a witness the sheer talent of George III’s most creative daughter, Princess Elizabeth. Elizabeth decorated the walls and sloping ceiling with elegant paintings of trailing nasturtiums and convolvulus.

Although a Princess, she was a creative and much-admired artist, with a collection of her works published during her lifetime.

Left untouched since Queen Charlotte’s death at the palace in 1818, the recently restored Royal Kitchen is a step back in time.

Take the time to explore the historic royal kitchens. Learn more about the servants who worked in them and Georgian culinary life. Plan a visit on one of the designated weekends that historic chefs cook up “meals fit for a King!”

Queen Charlotte's Cottage. Photo Credit: Historic Royal Palaces 2015.

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.
Photo Credit: Historic Royal Palaces 2015.

Admission is included in the price of entrance to Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens are open from 2 April to 27 September 2015, Monday to Sundays 10.30 to 17.30 (last admission 17.00).

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage is open from 2 April to 27 September 2015, weekends and bank holidays only 11.00 to 16.00 (last admission 15.50).

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors, and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information, visit hrp.org.uk.

Photos courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces 2015.

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