Victoria: Woman and Crown – Kensington Palace

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  • Meet the real woman behind the public monarch

    Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in Victoria: Woman and Crown, a major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

    The new display, created to mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth, will re-examine how she balanced her role as a wife and mother with that of Queen of an expanding empire.

    The woman who defined the modern monarchy

    Victoria learned that she was to become Queen when she was 18 years old, while still living at her childhood home of Kensington Palace. She held her first council meeting in the palace’s Red Saloon just a few hours later.

    Victoria: Woman and Crown will re-introduce Victoria as a young woman and explore her roles as a queen, wife, mother and empress. Rare survivals from her private wardrobe – including a simple cotton petticoat and a pair of fashionable silver boots – provide a stark contrast to the black gowns she was so famous for wearing later in life.

    The display will also explore Victoria’s complex love affair with India, from the story behind the Koh-i-noor diamond to her friendship with the deposed Maharajah Duleep Singh. Examples of her personal diaries carefully inscribed in Urdu will form a centrepiece of the exhibition.

    Included in Palace admission. Online ticket prices are £17.50.  Children are £8.70.  Prices for tickets bought at the Palace are £19.50 for adults and £9.70 for children.  There are concessions

    • Advance bookings and the online rates are only available when booked at least one day prior to your visit. If you intend to purchase tickets on the day of your visit, you can only do so at the Palace, for the next available time slot, at the gate rate.
    • Online tickets must be printed at home or posted in advance. A collect-on-site option is not available at Kensington Palace. 
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