It is the most wonderful fortune that I am within walking distance of Kensington Park. I enjoyed the beauties of the park the other day (reported on here), but decided that the rain of today called for seeing the palace. That was a good decision -- it's a destination I highly recommend as being both historically interesting and also entertaining.
Passing through the Queen's bollards ~
and going just past the golden gates around to the palace entrance ~
After getting a ticket, you pass into this reception area where a guide tells you the best route for seeing the palace in a logical sequence. Everyone working in Kensington Palace was cheerful, friendly, well informed and seemed delighted to not only answer questions, but to share some historical tidbits with the visitors.
You first pass through this long narrow hall, which cleverly shows a timeline on the wall & with these embroidered pillows of old and more recent inhabitants. On the opposite wall are period portraits.
I cannot lie ~ one of my big motivations for visiting the palace was because i wanted to see the Fashion Rules Restyled exhibit. I took a photo of the entrance poster and accidentally cut off the title, but here is more information on the exhibit.
These projections on the wall were very effective ~
Magazine covers were on display throughout the five rooms of the exhibit. It was amazing how many of them I remembered from the Princess Diana era!
There is much more to show of this fashion exhibit and of the palace itself, but right now I have to go to bed. Please check back later.
[This] mantua is made from French silk brocade, an enormously expensive fabric dated to the early 1760s. Woven with a design of stripes and scrolling garlands in silver and trimmed with sparkling silver lace, the dress ...is believed to have belonged to Mary, Marchioness of Rockingham, who was married to Charles, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham.source
Fascinating. How much time did you spend viewing these exhibits Bixa?
The menu book would have been of interest to me. I think I have said in some of my threads of how much I enjoy visiting the kitchens in castles, palaces, fortresses, etc. Often wish I could get past barricades and get a closer look.
Gorgeous photos Bixa, you captured a lot of the detail of some of the gowns.
A fascinating glimpse into an alternate universe for me, a place where the revolution has not yet taken place. It is still quite difficult for me to understand why the have-nots of Britain still put up with this. At least the Irish managed to escape, even though they paid a very heavy price in blood.
Mich, I don't know -- I was there for hours, even though I didn't linger over much of the exhibited stuff. It was pleasant because it wasn't crowded and parts of it -- the Fashion Rules and the Victoria Revealed sections -- were particularly interesting to me. Also, there is a good gift shop and the gorgeous sunken garden, both of which needed my attention. Victoria and the garden will be covered in this thread, but I can't do it right now as I'm leaving for a 3 day tour of gardens. (you have no idea how many garden pics I already have to foist on you all) Note that the clothes shown on the dummies are mostly made of paper. I love the "living shadows" from some of them.
Actually, it's hard to understand why even the haves would accept a monarchy, but it's their tradition & I'm enjoying looking at its artifacts. Hmmm ...... maybe there will be a referendum!
Kerouac, you forget we had our revolution well over 100 years before France, when Charles1 was beheaded. Since then the monarchy has been a figurehead and a powerful stabilising influence. The present Queen is much admired and will be deeply missed when her time comes. She is also the envy of most of the worlds heads, who simply do not have such presence.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jun 26, 2016 16:04:26 GMT
Fascinating....even as a Brit it's unlikely that I would eer visit one of the palaces, I rarely 'do' stately homes (except when dragged there by one of my sisters)as I'm uncomfortable with the class system, really has no place in modern societyas far as I'm concerned. I have no idea what we should do about it I hasten to add....(chicken!)
My goodness Bixa....you're in the UK? how long for?
Cheery! Yes, I am in England right now -- a dream come true for me. Specifically, I'm in Lingfield, Surrey on a garden tour. Tomorrow we are going to Sissinghurst and to Great Dixter. ASK ME how excited I am! The tour ends @midday on the 29th. Even though I'm not ready to leave England, on the morning of the 1st, I go off to Paris. I need to finally finish up this Kensington Palace thread so I can begin bludgeoning you all with my zillions of garden pictures.
So ........... moving right along, we come to ~
This is The King's Gallery, ... designed by William Kent to contain the finest paintings of the Royal Collection. The largest and longest of the state apartments at Kensington Palace, the King's Gallery looks pretty much as it was when decorated for King George I in 1727. The King's Gallery was used for displaying pictures as well as for exercise and it is dominated by a copy of Van Dyck’s noble portrait of Charles I on horseback at its east end. The dial positioned over the fireplace is still connected to a wind-vane on the roof so that the King could see which way the wind was blowing, where his navy was likely to be heading, and when the posts were likely to arrive. Created for King William III, it is still (amazingly) in working order.source
This bust was in the far corner of the room and the only sign on it was the "do not touch" one. I was fascinated by the use of different types of stone used to create it ~
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I love the little lad enthralled with the dollhouse and all the tiny replicas of 19th-century life.
I don't want to fall into "psychohistory", but nowadays I think many would view Victoria as deeply depressed for many years after the death of her beloved Albert, with a prudery she didn't display earlier in life, putting a huge amount of weight on her tiny frame. But obviously "Victorianism" can't be reduced to that.
Such a beautiful garden; I also got a kick of the art gallery and exercise room.
Thank you, LaGatta. That sweet little guy walked in front of the first picture I took of the dollhouse -- he was fascinated by it. His dad told him to get out of my way, but I said that I needed the boy for scale & asked him if he'd mind being in the picture. He graciously obliged.
Excellent comment on Victoria & her excess of mourning, LaGatta. The docent in one of the younger-Victoria sections told me that V's insistence on extended national mourning was actually ruining the British fashion industry until designers & manufacturers decided to incorporate mourning shades as style. This rejuvenated the industry & also led to our contemporary popular perception of a sober-colored Victorian era.
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It is Thursday the 6th and I have just come to page through all your wonderful photos Bixa! I wish I could have seen them sooner and passed a comment but alas it could not be so... I loved seeing the magnificent wrought-iron black and gold gate in front of the palace although it evokes sad memories. The first of being in London two days after Diana died and the waist deep flowers against the gate and right down the pathway. Then a year or two later when I placed red roses on the gate to mark the anniversary of her death.
You lucky devil you - going right inside! The wonderful sight of the dresses worn by the Queen and family seemed to look better on the people than on the mannequins! I was delighted to see Diana is still all over the wallpaper and in photographs. Don't Kate and William live there too?
Now to view you garden photos properly...tried yesterday but was summonsed away...! You have done a stirling job here Bixa - I don't know how you manage to post photos and be on holiday - amazing!
I hope that you will enjoy this next installment, which is the update for June, 2017. I returned to Kensington Palace because I wanted to see their current exhibition, called Diana: Her Fashion Story.
I'm starting off this 2017 section with some shots of the gardens and the palace, but be warned ~ the fashion section is for hardcore Diana devotees.
The Sunken Garden has been replanted and named The White Garden in honor of Princess Diana. It was opened in April and will be open to the public until September of this year. If you look at Reply #21 in this thread, the last picture in that reply is a video of the Sunken Garden taken last year at this time. Compare and contrast!
Let me honest here: since I spent a lot of time in the palace last time, this time I just galloped through in order to hurry and get to the fashion exhibition. I yam what I yam. I did take a few token pictures, though, including the magnificent clock that I failed to capture last year ~
The King's Gallery ~
View out the window of the Gallery. It's blurry because of the old window glass ~
The countess looks as though she's been cleaned & spruced up since last year ~
Ceiling of the clock room ~
It's hard to get close enough to the top of the clock to really see it, especially with the glare from the lights ~
There are four sides, each with a different scene. Each of those scenes is fronted by a bas relief group in silver. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the photos on the computer and found that all the silver "cut-outs" were exactly the same!
I just hated those big boxy shoulders in 1980s clothing. A friend and I had collections of shoulder pads removed from garments, and we had deliberately chosen clothes with the least of the damned things.
Diana's style changed dramatically after the split.