2017 promises to be an exciting year across all of the London Historic Royal Palaces with the arrival of brand new exhibitions and the return of some old favourites.
Kensington Palace will be marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales with a new exhibition opening 24 February. The palace was a place of unique significance in Diana’s life, having been her home since 1981 and a focal point for her charity work. Few people have made such an impact on the world as Diana, Princess of Wales and the exhibition, Diana; her fashion story will chart her rise from shy young princess to sophisticated global ambassador and explore her enduring legacy through a collection of iconic dress.
From 22 June to 12 November, the palace will also be hosting another new exhibition. Enlightened Princesses will explore the story of three remarkable German royal women, Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, who married into the British royal family in the 1700s.
Hampton Court Palace continues to welcome visitors by revealing the complex, thrilling and surprising stories of the people who lived in this magnificent building and the role it has played in the life of the nation. 2017 will see the return of the much-loved Florimania from 24 to 26 March. The palace interior will be brought to life with a rich tapestry of colourful floral displays with so many different sights and scents to take in.
At the Tower of London, a new exhibition will be opening in the White Tower from January 2017. Armoury in Action, will meet the characters who worked in and around the Tower in the Royal Armouries, you can discover more about their lives and what their jobs involved in this famous fortress.
It is also the perfect time to visit the magnificent Banqueting House, the only surviving part of Whitehall Palace where visitors can discover the beautifully lit ceiling paintings of Peter Paul Rubens and the extraordinary architecture and history through projections and performance.
Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens re-open 1 April to 1 October for the Summer Season. Visitors to Kew Gardens can journey back in time some two hundred years to the charming former family home of George III, Queen Charlotte and their fifteen children.
For more information: www.hrp.org.uk
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