Hi-tech illusions bring Queen Victoria's palace to life in UK Summer exhibition


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  • Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

REFILE - ADDING BYLINE Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a special exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria which marks this year's Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, July 17, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visited an exhibition dedicated to her great-great-grandmother Victoria on July 17, which uses cutting-edge technology to recreate Buckingham Palace as it was during the 19th century.

Visitors will see projections and illusions showing the vibrant colours of the palace interiors before Victoria's eldest son Edward VII redecorated it predominantly in white and gold.

They will also see aspects of Victoria's motherly side, including a casket containing the baby teeth of her children and white marble casts of some of their limbs.

“We have used the most modern technology that’s available today to have a new form of storytelling," said Dr Amanda Foreman, co-curator of the exhibition.

"It’s an immersive experience ... it puts you right there in the centre,” she added.

 
REFILE - ADDING BYLINE   Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a Victorian illusion technique known as Pepper's Ghost of a waltz danced at the Crimean Ball of 1856, in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace, as part of the special exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria which marks this year's Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, July 17, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II looking at a Victorian illusion technique known as Pepper's Ghost of a waltz danced at the Crimean Ball of 1856, in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace. — Reuters

Working with a Hollywood production company, the curators have also recreated a waltz staged at the palace at the end of the Crimean war.

The exhibition, which marks the 200th anniversary of Victoria's birth, also features her throne, ballgown and water colour paintings.

Acceding to the throne at the age of 18, Queen Victoria ruled Britain from 1837 until her death in 1901. She was the longest-serving monarch until 2015 when Elizabeth, 93, surpassed her.

The exhibition at Buckingham Palace opened on July 20 and runs until the end of September. – Reuters

REFILE - ADDING BYLINE   Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a painting of Queen Victoria inspecting wounded Coldstream Guardsmen, 1855, by John Gilbert, as part of the special exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria which marks this year's Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, July 17, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II looking at a painting of Queen Victoria inspecting wounded Coldstream Guardsmen, 1855, by John Gilbert. — Reuters

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a dress worn by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) alongside Lucy Peter, assistant curator, as part of the exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, July 17, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II looking at a dress worn by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) alongside Lucy Peter, assistant curator. — Reuters
 

 


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