Buckingham Palace Exhibition to spotlight royal children
Spanning 250 years
The new exhibit will highlight the life of young royals growing up in the iconic Buckingham Palace and will feature objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and private collections from the royal family, including photographs and video footage.
Visitors will be offered a rare chance to take a glimpse at the Queen's childhood toys, including a beautiful pair of rocking horses she and her sister played with as children, as well as the newest member of the royal family – Prince George's personal rocking horse, which was gifted to him by the President of the U.S, Barack Obama.
"For the first time, it really focuses on that intimate, personal side of monarchy rather than the official function of the Queen as head of state," curator Anna Reynolds told WWD. "Many of our exhibitions have focused on that element of monarchy and of the Royal Collection, but this is a different side, so it's been really interesting and fascinating. I was really surprised to find the fairy dress that was worn by Princess Anne, partly because we think of her as this equestrian, and we don't necessarily think of her as dressing in a little fairy dress, but then we have a photograph to go along with it, which is really lovely. And what I love about that fairy dress is that it's not made by a royal couturier; it's not made of the most expensive materials, it's a little fairy dress, which a 6-year-old would've loved to wear, covered in sparkly silver sequins, and with a tiara and wand. And I think that's very relatable, all little 6-year-old girls would love to wear that."
Royal Childhood is part of a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. The new exhibit opened Saturday and will run until September 28.