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Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace

‘From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace.’ I’m a very lucky girl indeed as once again I was invited along to a special blogger’s preview of the new Royal Childhood exhibition at Buckingham Palace along with a chance to wander through the state rooms without the usual hoards of people all craning for a view of the same thing and generally getting in the way. A visit to Buckingham Palace […]

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760

A Musical Tea Party, Laroon, 1740. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014. In 1714 George I ascended the throne as the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover. With the dawn of a new dynastic age came a silent revolution – one of the most dramatic periods of change across all aspects of British political, intellectual and cultural life. To mark the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era, The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 explores royal patronage and taste in the reigns of George I and George II as a product of […]

The 2013 Top Ten

At the Cheapside Hoard exhibition preview, Museum of London. Photo: Suzy Nightingale. Wow, what a busy and action packed year it has been – full of all manner of historical treats and excitements! As is traditional at this time of year, I’ve decided to put together a list of my top ten vaguely blog related moments but it’s been REALLY hard to narrow it down as so much has happened and I’ve had such a blast! However, here is my poor effort, such as it is… Detail from a portrait of Anne of Denmark. Photo: Melanie Clegg. 1. In Fine […]

Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace

Photograph of HM Queen Elizabeth II when Princess Elizabeth of York with Princess Margaret when Princess Margaret of York, with groom, c. 1933. Photo: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On top of the exciting announcements about next year’s exhibitions at the Queens Galleries in London and Edinburgh, the Royal Collection have just announced that the 2014 special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will be ‘Royal Childhood’, which ‘will reflect on the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Royal Childhood tells the story of life as a young member of the royal family at Buckingham Palace, and will […]

Royal Collection 2014

The Royal Collection have just announced their programme of exhibitions for 2014 and I have to say it’s a bit exciting! First of all is the brilliant news that this year’s wonderful In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion will be moving to the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from the 14th of March until the 20th of July. This is really excellent news as this was a truly outstanding exhibition that showcased some of the most powerful, sumptuous and gorgeous examples of sixteenth and seventeenth century royal portraiture and it really deserves […]

In Fine Style – a superb Tudor and Stuart exhibition

Photo: Melanie Clegg. I was lucky enough to be invited to the blogger’s preview yesterday morning of the new exhibition In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. It must surely be testament to how thoroughly excited I was about this exhibition that I did not at all begrudge getting up at 3.30am to get there for the 9am start and proof of how ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT it is that I think it was an entirely well spent effort. Photo: Melanie Clegg. ‘This exhibition explores the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their […]