A family history lesson! Queen, 93, is elegant in a pink floral dress as she opens Buckingham Palace’s summer exhibition about the life of Queen Victoria
- Queen will open annual exhibition today, with this year’s theme celebrating 200 years since Victoria’s birth
- Visitors to Buckingham Palace this summer will get the chance to browse some of the former monarch’s most regal possessions, including a throne commissioned in 1837 and an 1856 grand piano
- More unusual items to go on display include a casket filled with the baby teeth of Queen Victoria’s children
- Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in 1819 and ascended the throne when she was just 18
The Queen attended a new exhibition to celebrate the life of her great, great grandmother today as she officially opened Buckingham Palace for the summer.
The monarch was seen admiring items that belonged to Queen Victoria, including a cello, paintings and a casket filled with her children’s teeth.
The display aims to tell the story of how the 19th-century sovereign turned the palace into her family home and a centre for national life.
This year’s summer exhibition, Queen Victoria’s Palace, celebrates the 200th anniversary since the birth of Queen Victoria in 1819 by displaying rarely seen regal treasures, including some very unusual artefacts, from the famous monarch’s life.
The Queen attended a new exhibition to celebrate the life of her great, great grandmother today as she officially opened Buckingham Palace for the summer
The monarch views the exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria for the summer opening of the palace
The summer exhibition at Buckingham Palace, which is officially opened by the Queen today, is dedicated to Queen Victoria, marking 200 years since the erstwhile’s monarch’s birth in 1819. Among the treasures on display is a gilded throne, which was commissioned in 1837
Regal artifacts: A Royal Collection employee handles a dress worn by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, between the years 1844-46
A grand piano dating from 1856 and manufactured by S and P Erard on display at the exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria
As part of the summer opening, a waltz danced during a ball staged at Buckingham Palace to mark the end of the Crimean War will also be recreated in the ballroom.
A Victorian illusion technique, known as Pepper’s Ghost, and projections around the room will enable visitors to imagine the ballroom as Victoria and Prince Albert would have known it.
Among the personal artefacts on display will be mementos Victoria had made in relation to her children. A casket filled with the baby teeth of Queen Victoria’s children and casts the monarch had made of her offsprings’ arms and legs are among the unusual items going on show.
Fancy a bite, maam? A lavish recreation of a 19th century dinner in the State Dining room features the highly ornate Alhambra fountain (pictured centre)
Victorian wardrobe: Queen Victoria’s military jacket, dating from 1855, and an extravagant Stuart ball gown, with lace detailing around the shoulders, is one of the many garments that visitors will get to see at the summer opening
Royal youngsters’ baby teeth were kept in a highly intricate gilt-metal casket commissioned by Victoria in the 1860s, while the queen also had pure white marble casts of her infants’ limbs made to remind her of their folds and curves.
Visitors will see the model of Prince Albert Edward’s arm and hand, and the left foot of Victoria, Princess Royal, both carefully placed on crimson velvet cushions.
Victoria had nine children, disliked being pregnant and had difficulty showing affection to her five daughters and four sons.
And there’s even ghosts: A Victorian illusion technique known as Pepper’s Ghost depicts a group of royal guests dancing a quadrille in the Palace Ballroom
The illusion scene from another angle, with projections gracing the ceilings and walls of the Palace Ballroom
A visitor views the supertunica (left) worn by Queen Victoria during her coronation ceremony alongside the stole worn by Edward VII during his coronation
Two Royal Collection employees adjust placings at a recreation of a Victorian dinner in the State Dining Room
The vast banqueting table recreates how a Victorian dinner might have looked, with towers of fresh fruit and mult-layered cakes
Dr Amanda Foreman, co-curator of the exhibition, said: ‘What these objects show is what her words couldn’t express which is this deep, fierce passionate love for her children, and for the recognition that childhood is so important – the thing that she felt she never had.’
In total, Victoria amassed a collection of 14 marble hands and feet, which were kept under glass domes to preserve their pristine whiteness.
The special display is being held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth this year.
The exhibition – Queen Victoria’s Palace – can be viewed during the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, from July 20 to September 29.