Of course a royal nut like me is going to get straight to a collection of royal memorabilia the everloving minute that she can.
The National Portrait Gallery in London sent over a stunning exhibition of portraits and personal items dating back to Henry VIII’s grandfather all the way up to Meghan in the modern day. And it is spectacular.
I won’t spoil it for you, but this pic of the Queen and her family at Royal Lodge was my total favourite of the whole shebang (and I was in there 2+ hours, reading every detail of every image and every item). I love the domesticity of it, the laid tea table, the look on the Queen Mum’s face. I love the lot.
I also inquired in the Shamrock Hotel if I could take a peep at the room Charles and Di stayed in on their tour in 1983, but sadly it is the restaurant now. They have pictures in the foyer and huge posters in the windows letting everyone know this was the place they stayed – I’m beginning to wonder if they’re as rabid as me about this whole thing.
Honestly though, Bendigo is really turning it on atm (autumn and spring are always good times to visit! And this vanilla slice is mandatory), so I decree it your duty to visit.
You can find the Tudors to Windsors exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery and it’s $25 for adults. Allow AT LEAST 2 hours, and don’t forget the gift shop on the way out! Diana tea towels, Kate socks, it’s great.
Bendigo is also playing host to some epic royal-themed treats (rides on trams! free exhibits! afternoon teas!), so do have a look around at what’s on offer. I wish we could’ve stayed a week.