Museum of London honours future Kings and Queens in A Royal Arrival exhibition

By Culture24 Reporter | 28 June 2013 | Updated: 27 June 2013

Exhibition preview: A Royal Arrival, Museum of London, London, until October 2013

A photo of a male curator in a suit looking at a tiny white dress on a table
Curator Timothy Long takes a closer look at a linen vest worn by the infant George William Frederick (George III) (circa 1738)© Museum of London
Timothy Long, the curator of this extensive wander through fancy footwear of royal babies past, says this summer’s arrival of Baby Cambridge has “captured the world’s imagination already.”

If these exhibits are anything to go by, Museum of London visitors should enjoy similar enlightenment. The infant togs of Charles I, George III and more include a tiny linen vest with a crown, a miniscule lace mitten (worn by George), a nursing robe Queen Victoria may have used and a dress bearing the three-feather insignia of Prince Albert Edward – the future Edward VII.

“Our archive is rich with objects related to the royal family, tracing back centuries,” adds Long, who has included a skullcap worn by the original Charles.

“There are garments worn by the new baby’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria, and souvenirs commemorating the Coronation of Great Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“Through exploring these objects, we are able to bring to life a very personal family story. And we are also able to connect the newest generation of the royal family to over 400 years of history.”

  • Open 10am-6pm. Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @MuseumOfLondon.

More pictures:

A photo of several pairs of tiny ancient shoes
Box of royal baby shoes© Museum of London
A close-up photo of an ancient shoe
A boot worn by Prince Albert Edward (Edward VII) (circa 1841)© Museum of London
A photo of two tiny ancient shoes sitting on a curator's job
Princess Maud's baby shoes (Queen of Norway) (circa 1869)© Museum of London
A photo of a curator in a suit handling a tiny white dress
A robe worn by Prince Albert Edward (Edward VII) (circa 1841)© Museum of London
A photo of a man in a suit handling various tiny ancient shoes near a museum case
Taken from the museum collection, the objects on show are on public display for the first time© Museum of London
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