Last Friday I was invited along to a special blogger preview of the Buckingham Palace opening. This year in line with Prince George’s 1st birthday, The Royal collection was exhibiting ‘a Royal Childhood’. The display included vintage toys and clothing worn and played with by the Royal family. I thought Eva would enjoy the theme this year so I took her along as well. I am glad I did as there was plenty of things to keep little people entertained.
We all waited outside the main visitor entrance where I bumped into fellow royal fan Jaime from Boy Meets Fashion. After checking through security we made our way through the state rooms entrance to the garden cafe for some tea and cake (water for us in the hot weather).
Before viewing the special exhibition in the ballroom you weave your way around the state rooms which were built specifically for monarchs to entertain guests. Unfortunately photography was prohibited in these areas. I kept hearing myself asking the wardens”can I photograph here, can I photograph here”. So many beautiful areas my snapping finger was getting itchy.
I could finally snap away to my hearts content when we reached the ballroom. The exhibition featured 150 objects belonging to 25 royal children. My favourites had to be the mini kitchen set and fairy dress worn by Princess Anne. Eva was desperate to get her hands on the mini train set and ‘Knockemdown Ninepins’ belonging to Princess Elizabeth (Queenie), c.1930.
Fairy costume worn by Princess Anne, c.1956A sweet little story behind this nursery room door. The princess Elizabeth (The Queen) was always a horse lover. She had 20 small rocking horses that she kept outside her fathers office. She would feed them and put them to bed every night. Her Grandfather gave her a real horse when she was 4 years old called Peggy. She carefully hung up her beloved pony’s horseshoes along with her’s and Princess Margaret’s heights.
The ‘Blonde’ dress worn by Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria), c.1830
The kitchen of Y Bwthyn Bach (‘The Little House’), the Wendy house given to Princess Elizabeth by the people of Wales on her sixth birthday.Miniature caravan given to Prince Charles and Princess Anne, 1955
For the very first time this summer, children can visit the family pavilion located across from the cafe looking out across the Buckingham palace gardens. It features a dressing up box on a stage inspired by the tradition of royal pantomimes. A traditional rocking horse for guests to ride, colouring activities, a wall to write a message to the queen and Under-fives can piece together a giant wall puzzle to recreate the kitchen from ‘Y Bwthyn Bach’ or ‘The Little House’, which was given to Princess Elizabeth by the people of Wales on her sixth birthday.
After a very quick pitstop in the gift shop (Eva had her eye on the £150 corgi above). We walked through the Buckingham Palace garden toward the exit. I could just imagine Queenie taking a stroll through the beautiful gardens… maybe Prince George will be running across that exact lawn some time in the near future. Although I am not sure how much time the Royal Family actually spend at Buckingham Palace.
July – August
Open daily, 09:30-19:30
Open daily, 09:30-18:30
Under 17 £11.25
Under 5 Free
For more info and tickets visit The Royal Collection Website