|Sensory experience||Opens 17 April||Historic Royal Palaces (Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew Palaces)|
Medallion portrait of King George II
(© Historic Royal Palaces)
Meet the ‘Glorious Georges’ at Historic Royal Palaces (Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew Palaces)
Throughout 2014, Historic Royal Palaces will bring the Georgian Court and its intriguing cast of characters to life in the Palaces they called home. Visitors to Hampton Court, Kensington and Kew Palaces will become immersed in a sensory experience, featuring the sights, sounds and even smells of the age, to celebrate these often overlooked Kings and the fascinating era in which they lived.
At Hampton Court Palace, meet King George I, who arrived in London in 1714 with a limited grasp on the English language, and a complicated family history. Join his court as tensions brew between the King and his son, the Prince of Wales, forcing courtiers to choose sides. A stunning representation of the Queen’s State Apartments will illuminate the history of the emergence of the Hanoverian dynasty in Britain, exploring how the British Parliament came to invite a German royal family to become their royal family.
The story continues at Kensington Palace, where the glittering court of George II and Queen Caroline burst onto the scene in 1727. Their arrival heralded an era of culture, music and fashion, which will be brought to life in William Kent’s splendid King’s State Apartments, restored to their former glory. A feast for the senses, featuring Georgian music, court gossip, and lavish fashion, the displays at Kensington will explore the intellectual pursuits of Queen Caroline and her circle.
Finally, at Kew Palace, the unknown younger years of King George III will be uncovered in a new display for 2014. A new display will illuminate his education at Kew Palace and highlight many of the interests and influences which shaped a young King who went on to be the first Hanoverian monarch