Following a £12 million refurbishment, Kensington Palace has opened its doors once again to unveil the secret stories behind one of England’s most beloved Palaces. Entering through newly landscaped gardens, visitors arrive at Kensington Palace’s entrance hall and are welcomed into the magnificent State Apartments of the Kings and Queens who have resided there. With informative stories of the royal courts – the House of Stuart and the House of Hanover 1698 – 1714 – this is a history lesson for all ages.
In the permanent exhibition Victoria Revealed, guests are invited into the rooms in which Victoria grew up as a child, and explores her life through her own words, from childhood, to ascension to the throne, the great romance of her life and the joy her family brought her. Letters and gifts exchanged between her and Prince Albert are on display, as well as the simple wedding dress she wore.
Palace Gardens – The beautifully transformed gardens reconnect the building with the landscape of Kensington Gardens providing picturesque walks and fantastic vistas.
Victoria Revealed – Explore the story of the woman behind the Crown, in the rooms where Queen Victoria grew up. Discover through her own words her lonely childhood at the palace, her deep love for Albert and the dreadful impact of his sudden death.
King’s State Apartments – Climb the magnificent King’s Staircase where Georgian courtiers peer down on you, marvel at the impressively decorated rooms and discover the fashionable world of the curious court of George II and Queen Caroline.
Queens State Apartments – Explore the small intimate rooms where the great tale of the Stuart dynasty reaches its tragic conclusion.
‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ will trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. From her earliest royal engagements, everything Diana wore was closely scrutinised, and the exhibition will explore how she navigated her unique position in the public eye: learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about.
Discover exquisite and celebrated outfits from throughout the Princess’s public life. The exhibition will bring together an extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s. The Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers will be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process.
Exhibition highlights will include the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981, and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. A blue tartan Emanuel suit, worn for an official visit to Venice in the 1980s, will go on display in public for the first time. The suit, a rare survival of the Princess’s daywear, was only recently rediscovered and acquired by Historic Royal Palaces – the charity responsible for Kensington Palace - at auction.
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Please be aware that due to exceptional demand for Diana: Her Fashion Story, visitors may experience queues so please plan your visit accordingly.
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Children are aged 5 -15 years old. Children under 5 go free.
Find out more about the venue's location and how to get there.
Exit the station and follow signs for Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park. As soon as you reach the park, enter and the Palace is in front of you.