Kensington Palace, home to many members of the Royal Family, has probably been the backdrop to many a royal rift over the decades, away from the prying eyes of the public. But now, people will be given the chance to watch a royal scandal come to life in the very grounds of the palace.
Kensington Palace is home to many a royal, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie.
But the grounds were once home, hundreds of years ago, to King George II, his Queen… and his mistress.
Now the historic royal love triangle will be brought to life in a theatre show performed in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
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The show will delve deep into the politics of the King’s Court in the 18th century, exploring the relationship between King George II, his wife Queen Caroline and his mistress Henrietta Howard.
Members of the audience will be allowed to walk through the King’s State Apartments, which were opened to the public by Queen Victoria in 1898.
At first, Henrietta was made a Woman of the Bedchamber to Caroline, then Princess of Wales.
She later became a mistress to the future King George II, becoming fully integrated into the royal court.
Henrietta become renowned for her intellect and wit, and had many friends in high places.
The King’s State Apartments at Kensington Palace were once home to both women.
But Henrietta later built Marble Hill House on the banks of the River Thames, which would later be the backdrop of her lavish parties with the well-to-do of the time.
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Poet Alexander Pope wrote at the time: “There is a greater court now at Marble-hill than at Kensington, and God knows when it will end.”
Although King George was thought to have loved his wife immensely, his affair with Lady Henrietta continued for almost 20 years.
After falling out of favour with the King’s court, Henrietta retreated back to Marble Court in Twickenham, and married George Berkeley.
‘United Queendom’ has been created by theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, and is set on the king’s birthday.
Creative director James Seager told the Evening Standard: “It’s incredibly exciting to be ‘let loose’ in the palace after closing time to bring a modern twist to history and to re-introduce two women who have such modern influences and parallels to the world we live in today.
“They refused to back down in a male-dominated world, refused to be silenced and refused to bow to tradition. They changed the course of history re-defining the role of women at court, fundamentally changing palace life forever in the process.
“Their stories deserve to be heard and told and we’re looking forward to introducing them to new audiences.”
The show will run between February 28 and March 30, 2020.
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