CHEERS, MA’AM! SPECIAL EVENTS, SIGHTS AND EXHIBITIONS IN THE U.K.
➤ Kensington Palace, London: A new photo exhibit, Life Through a Royal Lens, features pictures from the Royal Family’s personal archive taken over the last 200 years, including a portrait of Prince Albert, one of the first photographs of a royal ever taken by a camera; a never-before-seen image of Diana, Princess of Wales, by English fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey; “just-like-us” photos of the royals at play (Prince Philip grills hot dogs!), as well as images by Lord Snowdon, Cecil Beaton, Mario Testino and more. March 4 – Oct. 30
➤ Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh: Some of the Queen’s past jubilee ensembles will be exhibited at the Platinum Jubilee Display, including her outfits for the silver, golden and diamond jubilees, as well as a retrospective of past jubilee celebrations. July 3 – Sept. 25
➤ Windsor Castle, Windsor: As part of The Queen’s Coronation exhibit, visitors will see the Queen’s white duchesse satin coronation gown, designed by Norman Hartnell, and the purple velvet robe of state, made by royal robe makers Ede & Ravenscroft and embroidered in gold by the Royal School of Needlework, as well as significant memorabilia from her coronation day in
➤ Buckingham Palace, London: When the palace opens 19 state rooms and its gardens to the public this summer, check out The Queen’s Accession Exhibition. You can see the first official portraits, taken by Dorothy Wilding a few weeks after Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, as well as the jewelry she wore for the sitting and the tiara Queen Mary gave then-princess Elizabeth as a wedding gift in 1947. Wilding, the first female royal photographer, took many portraits of the Queen, which inspired countless stamps and hung in embassies around the world. July 22 – Oct. 2 And stop in at The Queen’s Gallery for Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, with works from the likes of Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens. March 25 – Sept. 25
➤ The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace: Visitors can see all the Queen’s carriages and automobiles until Oct. 2. The focus will be on carriages used for previous jubilees, but do take a look at Her Majesty’s collection of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Land Rovers – each a work of art in their own right.
➤ The Tower of London: Superbloom opens Jubilee weekend, when 20 million seeds planted in the moat by the Historic Royal Palaces charity will create a field of flowers. (You may recall images from Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the 2014 art installation viewed by the Queen, featuring more than 888,246 ceramic poppies, each symbolizing a British fatality in the First World War.) The landscape will change as each variety is in bloom, part of a permanent transformation to make the grounds more of a public green space. June 1 – Sept. 18
➤ Leith, Edinburgh: The Royal Family’s former floating home-away-from-home, the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia, is now open to the public year-round. Prince Philip loved the ship so much that he moved the dining room – everything from art to candlesticks – to Frogmore Cottage after Britannia weighed anchor in 1997 for good. Much of the original furniture and fixtures are still on board, and give a glimpse of the Queen’s famously unflashy side. Pre-booked tickets daily.
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