Finding time to play tourist here in London hasn't been all too easy, especially having gotten work so early after arriving (which was a welcome surprise and blessing, no complaints here!) But every now and then I've had a spare moment to discover the pockets of beauty in this bustling, crazy town that is my (temporary) home.
Having originally planned to have brunch at the Orangery on the grounds of Kensington Palace, I arrived to find that it was closed for a private function (boo!) So I'd have to content myself with swanning around the palace like a queen rather than dining like one.
It was fascinating to wander through the state rooms of the palace and the exhibitions brought the rooms to life, in particular one which told the story of the life and love story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (which was so brilliantly captured in the movie The Young Victoria.) I loved delving into her life, seeing the dolls which she played, the letters she wrote to Prince Albert as they started their romance & sitting at the table where she accepted her accession to the throne as Queen Victoria.
Also on show was a special exhibition called Fashion Rules, which showcased dresses from the collections of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana. The intricate designs and detail into the choice of fabric, pattern and cut were so interesting, although some of the choices (particularly during the 80's–oh what a tragic season that was for fashion) weren't so flattering in my opinion! I guess it doesn't matter if you're royalty, you still get bad-outfit-days!