|Queen Caroline of Ansbach, Joseph Highmore c.1735, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|
When history is written, it’s usually the men who take centre stage, their spouses relegated to the shadows. So a new exhibition at Kensington Palace that puts the spotlight on three intelligent, dynamic and cultured women is to be welcomed. Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte were German-born Protestant princesses who married into the Hanoverian dynasty and moved to Britain.
|Queen Charlotte, Johann Joseph Zoffany 1771, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|
|Augusta, Princess of Wales 1754, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|
|Children of George III and Queen Charlotte, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth|
|Samples of English silk, January 1795, used to make clothes for Queen Charlotte & family for wedding of future George IV (c) Historic Royal Palaces|
|The Music Party Frederick, Prince of Wales with his Three Eldest Sisters, Philippe Mercier 1733, Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth|
|Views of the Garden and Buildings at Kew, Sir William Chambers, 1763, © The Royal Board of Trustees of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew|
|'Anti-Saccharrites, - or - John Bull and his Family leaving off the use of Sugar', 1792 (c) Historic Royal Palaces|
|Yinka Shonibare, Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina, 2017, Yale Center for British Art|
More than 200 objects are featured in the exhibition, including some loaned by the Queen. They provide a fascinating insight into the lives of these three remarkable women, and celebrate the public roles they played in shaping ideas of a national identity.
Enlightened Princesses runs until November 12, 2017