©National Trust Images / John Millar
I hope that no one is tired of hearing about the royal baby, because here at Beningbrough we have a baby-themed announcement. To celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte, Beningbrough is opening its doors free to anyone called Charlotte this week from Wednesday 6th April – Sunday 10th April. Just bring official ID, we’ll waiver the entrance fee, and the whole of Beningbrough will be yours to explore.
©National Trust Images / Chris Lacey
The Royals: then and now exhibition is still on. The display is a collection of contemporary royal portraits on loan from the Natinal Portrait Gallery that is not to be missed. Some of the topical portraits to look out for are a dashing portrait of prince William by Mario Testino, that was featured in Vanity Fair to celebrate his 21st birthday. There is also a relaxed portrait of Kate Middleton at the London 2012 Olympics by Jillian Edelstein. Finally, look out for a photo from the now big brother Prince George's christening, of the 4 generations of the royal family, photographed all together Jason Bell.
Clarence the Corgi is a perfect guide for families as he takes children on a trail round the royal portraits. In the trail book they can search for Prince Charles feeding his chickens, draw their own royal family portrait, and count the number of Corgis in the giant portrait by John Wonnacott in the great hall! Take the opportunity whilst you’re here to take in the seasonal delights in the garden, especially the cherry lawn displaying the ‘Crown Imperials’ - perfect for this royal baby week.