Hampton Court Palace recently had a Baroque Weekend event and I travelled down from my home in Balham to participate in the activities.
At 11 o’clock, we were escorted by Sir Christopher Wren from the Clock Court in the Tudor portion of the palace through to the Baroque palace to await the arrival of King William III and Queen Mary II, who had recently become the monarchs following the Glorious Revolution.
And so we awaited the arrival of the King and Queen. There were many periwigs on show. Here’s a photo of one of the lovely wigs:
The other characters included General Fitzharding, Sarah Churchill, Hans Bentinck, and lesser courtiers. For entertainment, there was a late 17th Century play, a puppet show, dancing and more. It was great fun, and the weather held out for the most part (it drizzled a bit).
As you can see, the costumes were very well done. The only criticism I had was that, though the actors who played William & Mary were very good, Mary should have been taller than William. Everything else was done ever so well. Good job to all those involved!