kensington palace

Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

Evening gown, probably Norman Hartnell, early 1950s. Lent by kind permission of HM the Queen. Photos: Melanie Clegg. Although there’s a distinctly Georgian theme going on at Kensington Palace at the moment, there’s still plenty of nods towards the palace’s other famous residents to enjoy when you pay a visit with displays devoted to the last Stuarts and Queen Victoria as well as my favourite, which showcases some of the wonderful dresses worn by the Queen, Princess Margaret and the late Princess of Wales. It’s certainly very fitting that the gowns should be on display at Kensington Palace as all […]

The Glorious Georges at Kensington Palace

‘In 1727, King George II succeeded to the British throne: a German born, military man with a penchant for punctuality and a glamorous succession of mistresses. He and his wife, Queen Caroline – a witty, intellectually curious and highly educated woman – cultivated a sparkling court at Kensington Palace, which became the talk of Georgian London. George and Caroline used the splendid State Apartments at Kensington Palace to entertain and host dazzling parties to which the great and good flocked, eager to catch a glimpse of the royal family, the great ‘celebrities’ of the age. This Easter, Historic Royal Palaces […]

The Glorious Georges at the Historic Royal Palaces

Say what you like about we Britishers, but we are incredibly fortunate when it comes to the amazing historic properties we have access to in our country – castles, palaces, stately homes, cosy thatched cottages, we have them all. However, for those with a serious passion for history, it has to be said that the properties managed by the Historic Royal Palaces are something very special indeed as they look after not just Hampton Court Palace but also Kensington Palace, the Tower of London, Banqueting House and Kew Palace, all of which bear unique witness to the amazing, often grisly […]

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 […]

Georgian fun at the Historic Royal Palaces

If like me, you go all a flutter at the very thought of the Georgian period then you’re in for a right old treat in 2014 when both the Royal Collection and Historic Royal Palaces are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne. Okay, the Hanoverians weren’t exactly the most popular monarchs that we have ever had but you have to admit that they were lucky enough to preside over some of the most glamorous, scandalous and scintillating royal courts that this land has ever seen – even if the kings themselves were on the […]

Party time at Kensington Palace!

Apparently I am now the Queen of the North. All bow before me! Sometimes I think that I must have the most brilliant job in all the world – especially after something like last night’s wonderful party in the sumptuous surroundings of the king’s state apartments at Kensington Palace. I asked my friend Miranda to come with me as she is amazingly good fun and I thought that out of all my chums, she was one of the ones who would most enjoy the opportunity to get all dressed up and get somewhat drunk in a palace! As many of […]