Kensington Palace, London
Home of the young royals
Special Exhibition 3 June 2021 to 2 Jan 2022 - On display will be the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales
Visit this charming and much loved royal Palace and gardens, birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Diana, Princess of Wales. Now the home of Prince William and his family. The Diana Memorial statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021 to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
Opening at Kensington Palace 3rd June 2021 in the newly-conserved historic Orangery, this new temporary exhibition (runs until 2nd Jan 2022) explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.
On display will be the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years. The ivory taffeta wedding dress designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, remains an iconic garment in royal wedding dress history, with the bodice of the dress featuring a piece of antique Carrick-ma-cross lace that once belonged to Prince Charles' great-grandmother, Queen Mary. In addition on view is a rare, surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.
Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace. Explore the King's Gallery, which was transformed by William Kent to showcase the finest paintings of the Royal Collection. Explore the beautiful private rooms of the Queen's State Apartments at Kensington Palace where Mary II once took her meals, relaxed and entertained.
Kensington Gardens began life as a King's playground; for over 100 years, the gardens were part of Hyde Park and hosted Henry VIII's huge deer chase. When William III and Mary II established the palace in 1689, they began to create a separate park. Mary commissioned a palace garden of formal flower beds and box hedges. This style was Dutch and designed to make William, who came from Holland, feel at home.
When Queen Anne came to the throne in 1702, she created an English-style garden. The Orangery was added in 1704, an elaborate greenhouse built in the style of an elegant palace to protect Anne's citrus trees from the harsh frosts of winter. Anne also recognised the Orangery's beautiful garden setting and graceful architecture made it a perfect venue for fashionable court entertaining away from the chaos of 'town'.
From 1728, Queen Caroline began to transform the 242 acres of Kensington Gardens into the park we know today. She created the Serpentine boating lake and the Long Water, as well as the Broad Walk and round pond. These are now in Kensington Gardens and looked after by The Royal Parks. For most of the 18th century the gardens were closed to the public except on Saturdays and only to the 'respectably dressed'. The intriguing garden was admired by Samuel Pepys, amongst others, as 'a mighty fine cool place... with a great layer of water in the middle'.
Depart for Home Approx. 17.30
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.