Thursday, 1 August 2019

Queen Victoria’s Palace, Buckingham Palace summer opening

[Image: Portraits of a young Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II 
at the entrance to the summer opening at Buckingham Palace 2019]


The doors of Buckingham Palace have been thrown wide again for just a few weeks. There is nothing nicer than taking a peek inside beautiful homes and this one also features a new exhibition every year. 

This year's special exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's (and Albert's) birth. Queen Victoria's Palace tells the story of how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal palace and a powerful symbol of the British Monarchy, as well as a family home for their nine children.


[Image: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace by Louis Haghe. 
‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. 
Image credit Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019]

[Image: The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace by Louis Haghe. 
‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. 
Image credit Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019]
Artefacts of Victoria’s reign on display include: a military jacket, which Albert convinced her to have made; Victoria’s Collar of the Order of the Bath; and the dazzling Star of the Order of the Bath, created with gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and enamel. Also in the exhibition is the magnificent ball dress which indicates her majesty's petite stature.
[Image: Queen Victoria’s Journal, with a sketch of herself and Prince Albert 
wearing their costumes for the Stuart Ball. ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ at the Summer Opening 
of Buckingham Palace. Image credit Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019]

The Palace is the Queen's official London residence and a working royal palace, as well the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony. Adult £25, under 17 £14, concessions.

The Royal Collection Trust is a charity and all proceeds go towards the maintenance of the  collection which is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. The  Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation. It is not owned by her as a private individual. 

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