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Victoria’s Palace, ITV1

Release date: Tuesday, 7 May 2019

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, an hour-length film exploring Victoria’s life at Buckingham Palace will be broadcast on Monday, 13 May at 9pm on ITV1.

Victoria’s Palace, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald and Julie Etchingham, will tell the story of how the young monarch turned an unloved royal residence into the centre of the social, cultural and official life of the country.

With access to the magnificent State Rooms and Palace kitchens, Sir Trevor and Julie will learn how Victoria made Buckingham Palace what it remains today – the headquarters of the Monarchy, a rallying point for national celebrations and a family home. 

Historian Dr Amanda Foreman and Royal Collection Trust curators guide Sir Trevor and Julie around the most important spaces to show how Queen Victoria lived, worked and entertained in the Palace and demonstrate how and she and Prince Albert modified it to suit their needs, adding the East Wing and balcony at the front of the Palace and the Ballroom within. Through the use of special effects and graphics, rooms including the Picture Gallery and Ballroom are recreated and shown as Victoria and Albert themselves would have seen them.

Many of the objects from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives featured in the programme will be on display in the special exhibition Queen Victoria’s Palace at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (Saturday, 20 Jul 2019 - Sunday, 29 Sep 2019). 

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