Enchanted Palace exhibition casts a spell over Kensington

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Visitors to London‘s famous royal residence can look forward to a mind-blowing experience this spring, in a multi-sensory exhibition that’s set to transform Kensington Palace with all manner of interactive installations.

The magnificent 17th-century palace in Kensington has been the official home to many illustrious members of the royal family over the centuries, including the late Lady Diana. With so many conflicting emotions being conjured by the residence, it does seem like the fitting place for this upcoming exhibition, which the Historic Royal Palaces website promises will “reveal tales of love and hate, surprise and sadness, secrets and jealousy” – who said the monarchy wasn’t exciting!

It’s these fascinating royal characters that the exhibition is looking to celebrate in a distinctive and original way – using a mix of installations, soundscapes, interactive theatre, intimate storytelling, film and fashion. Struggling to get your head around the idea? You’re not the only one! It certainly sounds like this is one exhibition that has to be experienced first-hand.

Ground-breaking modern designs will be displayed alongside priceless artefacts from the Royal Collection in the palace’s State Apartments, and with the likes of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and set designer Echo Morgan at the helm, it promises to be a worthy addition to the top attraction. And as the cost of the exhibition will be included in the usual ticket price, there’s really no excuse for delaying your visit to Kensington Palace any longer.

It’s creative exhibitions like this one that are helping to make Kensington Palace more accessible and enticing as a visitor destination in the capital. The Enchanted Palace exhibition is set to run from 26 March 2010 through to June 2012, when the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games will no doubt find the organisers hard pressed to usher in something even more impressive. Stay tuned for that one!

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