Queen Victoria's Bicentenary
This is the bicentenary year of Queen Victoria's birth and to celebrate a number of museums in London are staging events that aim to cast new light on one of our most fascinating and contradictory monarchs.
To mark the bicentenary of her birth, Kensington Palace is launching two exhibitions examining the life of Queen Victoria. One will display beloved items from her childhood and the other will try to lift the veil on her private life and beliefs.Read more ...
In 1837 the newly crowned Queen Victoria, aged just 18, moved into the empty Buckingham Palace, uninhabited since the death of her uncle 7 years previously. This exhibition tells how the young queen transformed the palace into the iconic royal residence it is today.Read more ...
The Victorian and Albert Museum are putting on a medley of events to celebrate the bicentenary of their namesakes. A free display will bring together objects that the couple gifted and loaned to the museum and a short course starting 3 May will explore the material culture of the Victorian age. And look out for Queen Victoria's sapphire and diamond coronet, on display from 11 April.Read more ...
Tours taking in the House of Lords, Westminster Hall, St Stephen's Hall and the Central Lobby are running on request. The tour lasts around 75 minutes and will take in the opulent Victorian art and architecture beloved and influenced by Prince Albert, who was president of the Fine Arts Commission. There is the option to round off the experience with a glass of champagne.Read more ...
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