At Kensington Palace in the early hours (4.15 am) of 24 May 1819, Alexandrina Victoria was born to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (the Duchess of Kent), as Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent.
For Queen Victoria’s bicentenary, Kensington Palace plays host to two exhibitions about her life. The first, Victoria: A Royal Childhood focuses on her childhood and features such things as the room where Victoria was born, her dolls and the hallway where she first met Prince Albert. The second, Victoria: Woman and Crown focuses more on her family life with items such as etchings of her children, a locket containing Prince Albert’s hair and her Urdu journals.
Victoria: A Royal Childhood
Victoria: Woman and Crown
Both exhibitions are equally fabulous but the Victoria: Woman and Crown exhibition is created in much smaller rooms, making it a bit harder to navigate. The Victoria: A Royal Childhood is located in the rooms that were actually lived in by Queen Victoria and her mother, giving it a little something extra. I particularly enjoyed seeing the reconstruction of the room where she was born. The exhibition is also accompanied by a wonderful publication called The Young Victoria by Deirdre Murphy.
The exhibitions are included in the admission price. Victoria: Woman and Crown is currently set to end on 6 January 2020 while Victoria: A Royal Childhood currently has no end date. I would highly recommend a day at Kensington Palace. You simply cannot miss these exhibitions. Get your most recent info for visiting here.