'Enlightened Princesses' exhibition explores role of German princesses in Britain during 18th century

22 June - 22 November 2017 | Kensington Palace, London
Queen Charlotte, Johann Joseph Zoffany 1771, Royal Collection Trust

'Enlightened Princesses' exhbition explores role of German princesses in Britain during 18th century

Opening at Kensington Palace in June, a major new exhibition 'Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World' explores the lives and achievements of three German princesses whose marriage into the British royal family placed them at the very heart of progress in the eighteenth century.

The princesses played a vital part in the shaping of the nation’s culture and redefined what it meant to be a royal woman, creating a legacy which resonates in the world today.

The exhibition draws together for the first time at Kensington almost 200 objects from across the globe - including many highlights from the British Royal Collection, the royal collections of Denmark and the Netherlands.

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International Symposium on Enlightened Princesses (1700-1820)

In association with the exhibition Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World at Kensington Palace, this symposium will bring together eminent academicians and museum scholars to investigate the role played by royal women- electresses, princesses, queens consort, reigning queens, and empresses- in the shaping of court culture and politics in Europe of the long eighteenth century.