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Royal Childhood - Buckingham Palace

Royal Chilhood catalogue

Exhibition preview

THIS year’s exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace – Saturday, July 26 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 – is entitled Royal Childhood.

From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, this special exhibition will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace.

Spanning more than 250 years, Royal Childhood brings together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family. It will also include previously unseen photographs and film footage.

The exhibition will bring together both family and official gifts presented to royal children, as well as the outfits worn by young princes and princesses.

Also on display will be the spectacular silver-gilt Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first daughter Princess Victoria in 1841 and used at almost all major royal baptisms since.

A number of The Queen’s childhood toys will also be on display, including a pink tea set in the shape of a rabbit, a set of Knockemdown Ninepins and a wicker pram that the two-year-old Princess Elizabeth enjoyed pushing around the gardens of 145 Piccadilly, her family home until the age of ten.

These will be displayed alongside a range of toys, from jigsaws to train sets, many enjoyed by generations of royal children.

A catalogue (pictured) by Anna Reynolds and Lucy Peter will be available soon.

For more information visit www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/royal-childhood.