Puddle Duck had a lot of fun at Kensington Palace when we visited over the Easter weekend. She loved the kids activities – Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet making and competition, kids activity sheet and tapestry making. She also liked the exhibits about the Kings and Queens who had lived there, but it was seeing the toys of the little princes and princesses I think interested her most.
She also liked the interactive displays – opening drawers and toy chests and looking inside. The big cabinet in the Queen’s Gallery was one of her favourites and I used this month’s sketch by Sian at Scrap365 to scrap some of the photos:
The Queen’s State Apartments tell the story of the first Royal residents at Kensington and the end of the Stuart Dynasty, through the Eyes of Queen Anne’s son, Prince William. There is a lot of symbolism in the rooms and I tried to include this in the LO. I used blue and white to echo the delft china William III and Mary II brought with them from Holland and a touch of Orange for William III’s family. I used the branding strip from a sheet of pp which had blue birds to echo the blue and white birds hanging from the ceiling in the room (Prince William dreamt about birds a lot apparently). It was Mary and Anne’s Great Grandfather James (I of England and VI of Scotland) who united the Scottish and English thrones, but the Act of Union wasn’t passed until Queen Anne’s reign, which was when the Union Flag was first devised, so the crown and flag sit on top of my paper cabinet.
Would you like to see what Puddle Duck was so fascinated by in the cabinet drawers?
She had me photograph the contents of each drawer individually. I made a slider mechanism to mount the photos, so that they pull out like drawers in a cabinet. When it is working properly you only need to pull on one photo to make the opposite photo slide out at the same time. It worked quite well until everything was stuck down and then it seemed to stick, so I added pull mechanisms to both sides and it seems to be working better now.
Have you tried anything new lately?