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Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace

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Drahonet’s Queen Victoria, when a Girl, 1832. Credit: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019. Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust.
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Celebrate 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria by visiting this landmark exhibition at Kensington Palace. Read More


Mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth by visiting Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace.

Step back in time as you explore the rooms where Victoria spent her formative years under the watchful gaze of her mother, the Duchess of Kent. Delve into a scrapbook of mementos created by Victoria's German governess, Baroness Lehzen, to glimpse at the royal upbringing of a girl destined to be queen.

Then make your way to the Pigott Gallery, where the second part of the exhibition looks at the private woman behind the public monarch, as well as her later life and legacy.

Learn about Victoria's family life, friendships and interests, including her fascination for India, as you discover extracts from her diaries inscribed in Urdu and pieces from her private wardrobe, which go on display for the first time. Look out for a cotton petticoat dated to around the time of her marriage and a striking pair of silver boots.

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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens
W8 4PX
0844 482 7777
Public transport:
Tube: Queensway/High St Kensington/Gloucester Road

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