Dear Little Kew: A social and architectural history of an unlikely royal palace

This lecture describes the history of Kew Palace in the context of the families who lived in it from 17th C onwards.

From the early non- royal occupants, the Fortreys, who built the so called Dutch house, we move to the royal occupation of the estate by Queen Charlotte, her eldest don Frederick, Prince of Wales and thence to the family of his son George III. Each of them also had an impact on what we now know as Kew Gardens.

The palace itself became the backdrop to the tragic tale of the “madness of King George” but also witnessed a wedding which would result in the Victorian age.