Kew Palace

We also went to Kew Palace as well as the Herbarium. I haven’t been since it was totally overhauled by Historic Royal Palaces in 2006 – we thought very successfully with much new fabric, but enough kept of the original, and good quality, straightforward description of the use of the rooms, much of it unexpectedly moving in telling the story of George III’s incarceration on the ground floor, with Queen Charlotte and his daughters all upstairs, joining him poignantly for supper each evening.

Upstairs, there was a recording of Handel’s Sarabande in D Minor, a way of recollecting how poor mad George would console himself by playing alone on the harpsichord:-


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