27 October 2010

Enchanted Exhibit at Kensington Palace

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

My friend, Ashley, surprised me with tickets to Kensington Palace's current exhibition, 'The Enchanted Palace'.  Thank you, Ash!

Exhibit: The Enchanted Palace
It was a treat to go into this famous palace in London, home to many including Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.

As you may know, many royal weddings united countries through arranged marriages to strategically strengthen their European foothold.

Can you imagine marrying someone whom you've never met and doesn't even speak your language? As a result, many of the ruling families were loveless and quite dysfunctional, which makes for wonderful literature - doesn't it?

Kensington Palace
While most of the palace is closed due to construction, the State Apartments have been transformed for this temporary exhibition. The rooms looked, well, royal - tall ceilings, flocked dark wallpaper, heavy curtains, and beautiful wooden floors.

I had to hand it to them - it was a creative blend of classical masterpieces and modern art installations in a traditional palace setting.

Queen Victoria's childhood bedroom
The King's Gallery
The Gallery of War and Play featured thousands of plastic GI Joe-like soldier figures on the floor, while in the the ballroom a Victorian silhouette danced on the ceiling to a Duran Duran song. Traditional meets contemporary.

You may want to drop by this quirky exhibit which runs until February 28th, 2011. Click here for details

Afterward, you can stop by The Orangery for tea and scones - yum!

All images from Historic Royal Palaces website

XO Laura


Make mine Mid-Century said...

Wonderful! I'll never get there, so thank you for making me aware.

Love a bit of Duran Duran! I think Princess Dianna was a big fan. I'd love to know the history of those arranged Royal marriages.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a wonderful opportunity you had to visit this amazing show. Oh how I wish I could see it!

Privet and Holly said...

Victoria's bedroom
reminds me of the story
The Princess and the Pea....
Looks like stacks of
mattresses on the bed!
I love history and find
the stories of the royal
matches to be particularly
interesting. I would LOVE
this exhibit and most
especially the tea and
scones in the Orangerie!
Thanks for sharing your
lovely day!
xx Suzanne

Jeanne said...

Hi Laura

Thanks for this post. I have not been yet and been meaning to do this. A good reminder :))

Thanks also for stopping by my blog, great to meet another American expat living in England. I have another blog for just that.... www.jeanne-findingmyway.blogspot.com

Best wishes...

Jeanne :))

janet said...

What fun!! Thanks for sharing your little get-away to Kensington.

Janet xox