Besides the exhibition about Princess Diana, Kensington Palace was hosting another exhibition about one of its famous residents – Queen Victoria.
The display follows her life from becoming a queen to falling in love with Albert, to her family life and children, her duty and Albert’s death.
The details in the exhibition are very well chosen and tell the story of her life through some quite intimate objects. One of my favourite pieces was a painting she had made for Albert’s eyes only, her only portrait in which she is not shown with her regalia, but with her long locks and a dreamy look in her eyes.
Dresses from the most important occasions are displayed in glass cases, such as her coronation outfit and hew wedding dress. She was the one who started the trend of white wedding dresses so you could say she was a major trendsetter of her time.
The jewellery that she received from Albert was mostly with his face on it. Makes him seem like a jealous guy. Another cool artifact on display was the piano that they played and over which they kind of fell in love.
The room dedicated to her family life exhibits her beautiful doll house with which even her children played.
The end of the exhibition is a multimedia experience of Victoria’s great loss.
Some of the other incredible details at the exhibition included Victoria’s stockings with the stitching of the crown on them:
Albert’s grooming set:
and his full outfit:
In case you’re in London this week, you can still visit the exhibition until Sunday.
Since we are following Queen Victoria on our tv screens and cinema screens in different periods of her life, especially this year, it is nice to see the reality behind it. At least some aspects of her character.