Diary - Palace coup

9th October 2009 at 01:00

If you've ever harboured the suspicion your pupils believe they're little princes and princesses, now's the chance to find out. Not by making them sleep on 17 mattresses with a pea underneath, but by seeing if they feel at home in a palace.

Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, is opening its first education programme. Sessions for primary to A-level pupils cover royal toys, life at court, the Glorious Revolution and the British Empire, with tours of the State Apartments and the Royal Dress Collection.

The palace was home to Queen Victoria and Princess Margaret, but was described by Edward VIII as an "aunt heap", because of the number of minor royals it housed.

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