ELABORATE costumes from the hit TV series Victoria have gone on display along with etchings by the monarch which are being shown for the first time.
The exhibition is being staged at Harewood House, which was used as a stand in location for both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. A second series is being filmed at the stately home now.
Visitors will be able to look around the opulent rooms, including the Cinnamon room which provided the setting for 'Victoria' and 'Albert's flirtatious piano playing.
Running from March 24 to October 29, Victorian Harewood's focal point is the iconic coronation dress that was worn by Jenna Coleman.
Earl of Harewood David Lascelles, who is Queen Victoria's great great great grandson, said: "Harewood has very real connections to Queen Victoria which is adding real authenticity to the costumes.
"We know she stayed here in 1835 and her lady-in-waiting, Lady Emma Portman, was in fact the 2nd Earl of Harewood’s daughter."
Also on display are rare objects from Harewood's own collection, including Queen Victoria's pocket watch, writing set and works of art.
A rare volume of personal etchings by Victoria and Albert, will go on display for the first time. The book of 74 etchings of the royal couple's children, pets and each other, feature handwritten annotations by Queen Victoria.
The artwork was the subject of a ground-breaking privacy court case brought by the royal couple against a journalist in 1848. Jasper Judge had got hold of copies of the etchings via a printmaker in Windsor and had approached publisher William Strange to plan an exhibition and a catalogue.
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria launched lawsuits and injunctions attempting to ban the display and protect their family's privacy. The royal couple were successful and the injunction is seen as the first of its kind to protect the privacy and image of a high profile person.
During the case, Barrister Sir J. Knight Bruce, noted that the printmaker’s actions had been "an intrusion not alone in breach of conventional rules, but offensive to that inbred sense of propriety natural to every man – if, intrusion indeed, fitly describes a sordid spying into the privacy of domestic life – ". The case remains a defining judgement in the development of the law of copyright.
Professor Ann Sumner, Historic Collections Advisor at Harewood House said: "This volume is incredibly rare. It is a beautiful and personal collection of etchings by the royal couple known for their love of their children, who are so charmingly depicted here, along with their beloved pets. This story reflects their commitment to protecting their privacy. It illustrates a delightful insight not only into the private lives of Victoria and Albert and their family, but also demonstrates their genuine artistic talent and unique collaboration’.
Victorian Harewood actually tells the stories of three women from Harewood’s past. As well as discovering more about Queen Victoria herself visitors will learn about Lady Charlotte Canning (Victoria's lady-in-waiting and a talented artist) and Lady Louisa, the 3rd Countess of Harewood - who spearheaded a major redevelopment of the house.