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Kensington Palace

Diana's Wedding Dress copyright Historic Royal Palaces

Explore Kensington Palace - a Royal residence for over 300 years. Featuring special exhibition "Royal Style in the Making" with Diana's Wedding Dress, and the opportunity to view the new Memorial Statue of Diana

Kensington Palace:

 

Your Kensington Palace admission ticket includes access to all public areas of the palace and gardens and takes you on our one way route through the palace to:

· Victoria: A Royal Childhood

· The King's State Apartments

· The Queens State Apartments

· The new exhibition 'Royal Style in the Making'

 

Designing for royalty

 

Opening at Kensington Palace this summer in the newly-conserved historic Orangery, this new temporary exhibition explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.

 

On display will be the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years, in addition to a rare, surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.

 

The display also features never-before-seen items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, set alongside examples of the glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women. There will be some surprises for fashion fans.

 

The exhibition provides a sneak peek into the rarefied world of the atelier, showcasing how some of Britain’s finest designers create clothing destined for the world stage. From the symbolic power of a coronation gown to the romance of a royal wedding dress, the designs on show helped shape the public image of the British monarchy, and propelled the British fashion industry onto the global stage.

 

Royal bridal history

See the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales up close, complete with its spectacular sequin encrusted train, which at 25 feet dramatically filled the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral, and remains the longest in royal history.

 

The dress, on loan from HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, is now among the most famous in bridal history, and features a fitted bodice overlaid at the centre both front and back with panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that had originally belonged to Queen Mary, the groom’s great-grandmother.

 

Its gently scooped neckline and large puffed sleeves are trimmed with bows and deep ruffles of taffeta, a style popularized by the Princess in the early 1980s, while the full skirt is supported on a mountain of stiff net petticoats to create its famous silhouette.

 

The Sunken Garden

During her time at Kensington Palace Diana, Princess of Wales was particularly fond of the Sunken Garden, so to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in 2017 the palace’s gardeners transformed the space into The White Garden in her memory. Using flowers in white and soft pastel colours, the display took inspiration from items from the Princess’s wardrobe then on display in the palace.

Unveiled on what would have been her 60th birthday, a statue of the Princess commissioned by her sons in 2017 to memorialise their mother now stands within the garden. Prince William and Prince Harry wanted the statue to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world, and help future generations understand the significance of her place in history.

 

The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people. The figure of Diana, Princess of Wales is surrounded by three children who represent the universality and generational impact of the Princess’s work. The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes, and aims to convey her character and compassion.

 

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Pick up points - see tab for details

 

Thursday 28 October 2021

Pick up points - Trumpington, Royston, Baldock & Stevenage

 

Adult   £45

Senior £42

Child   £35

 

Price includes

 

  • Entry to Kensington Palace inc the exhibition 'Royal Style in the Making'

  • Return Coach Fare

 

Please be aware that you will be required to walk through Kensington Gardens to reach the Palace. 

We do expect to add further date(s) if there is sufficient interest.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

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Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
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Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
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Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
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Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Danestrete Excursions Bus Stop K
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