Queen Charlotte and daughters, Chelsea-Derby Porcelain c1773, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
Queen Charlotte and daughters, Chelsea-Derby Porcelain c1773, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World

Venue: Kensington Palace, 22 June – 12 November 2017

 

Explore the lives of three German princesses, whose marriage into the British royal family and wide-ranging interests placed them at the very heart of the enlightenment underway in 18th century Britain. From advocating the latest scientific and medical advancements to their involvement in charity work, each princess would subtly alter the role women played in the British royal family, with lasting results.

 

To reflect the diverse range of interests pursued by Princesses Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte, the exhibition will bring together for the first time at the Palace almost 200 objects owned by the princesses. Personal possessions such as Charlotte’s hand-embroidered needlework pocketbook and pastels of the royal children will be displayed alongside artworks and fine ceramics commissioned from some of the greatest artists and craftsmen of their day, illuminating the inner lives of these three remarkable women, and celebrating the public roles they played in shaping ideas of a national identity. Further details here >>

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