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Regal show over the Jubilee weekend at Penshurst Place’s ‘Fit For a Queen’ programme

As the United Kingdom turns out to enjoy the extra-long Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, Penshurst Place will be putting out the flags by opening a mini exhibition of their personal collection of memorabilia from that era and mounting several royalty-themed activities.

The celebrations start on Thursday 2nd June when a special Coronation Mini Exhibition will open to the public. The items from 2nd Viscount De L’Isle’s private archive will be on display from the start of the Jubilee weekend until the 70th anniversary of HM The Queen’s coronation in June 2023.  Located in The Nether Gallery, the exhibition will contain personal coronation memorabilia collected by 1st Viscount De L’Isle who, as a member of the privy council, was present when HM The Queen took her oath of office in 1952, before attending her coronation the following year, and includes an original, hand-bound leather Form and Order of Service and two chairs from the service held in the Abbey Church of St Peter, Westminster.  Also on display will be a collection of formal letters, royal commands and instructions relating to the mourning requirements for King George VI and the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visitors will require a house and gardens ticket to see the exhibition.

From Thursday 2nd June to Sunday, 5th June, there will be hands-on Bunting-Making craft sessions on offer for youngsters in the Old Coach House. All the materials and expert guidance needed to make celebratory bunting will be provided in this fun crafting activity for children. Selecting from a choice of bright colours and different printed paper, they will be shown how to create their own unique Jubilee tribute to mark the event — ready for use in ‘putting the flags out’ when home.  The Bunting Making craft sessions will run continuously between 11.30am and 3.30pm each day between 2nd and 5th June and are included free within the cost of a standard gardens and grounds entrance ticket.

For those looking for more classical entertainment, the Tudor Songbook will be entertaining visitors with a selection of Tudor love songs in the Baron’s Hall on Thursday 2nd June. Jay Britton, a classically trained soprano, will be accompanied by a lutist as she performs in full Tudor dress, making use of the unmatched acoustics within the medieval Baron’s Hall. Visitors will require a house and gardens ticket to see the performances.

The ever-popular queens of Henry VIII from Tudor Legacies will be in the Penshurst Place gardens on Saturday, 4th June between 11am and 4pm.  As well as being happy to share details of their life under the reign of the colourful monarch, they will be inviting visitors to join them in some traditional garden games on the South Lawn. But, with some of the games dating back centuries, be prepared for a challenge or two as these royal ladies demonstrate their skills — all while dressed in fully authentic Tudor costumes.  Included in the price of a standard gardens and grounds ticket, this event offers a lovely, leisurely way to learn more about history and enjoy games from a bygone era while overlooking the beautiful Italian Garden.

On Sunday 5th June there will be live-action children’s stories in the Stage Garden when the team from Aardvark bring a right royal tale to life and engage the audience in an interactive, panto-style performance about HM The Queen, what she done for our country and what makes her special. The light-hearted storytelling takes place in the Stage Garden at 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm on Sunday 5th June and is included in the price of a standard gardens and grounds ticket.

Penshurst Place and Gardens is open between 10am and 5pm daily until 30th October 2022.  For more information and ticket prices visit www.penshursplace.com

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