MILLIONS of viewers tuned in when Harewood House played a starring role in hit TV show Victoria.
Former Dr Who actress Jenna Coleman play a young Queen Victoria the first series of ITV’s flagship drama, which was screened last autumn and featured Harewood as its main filming location.
The 18th century house stood in for Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace.
Rooms at Harewood House – including the Cinnamon Drawing Room, the Gallery and the Old Kitchen, featured prominently in the lavish period drama.
Filming for series two is currently underway at Harewood.
Now, stunning costumes featured in the first series – including the Coronation Gown – are to go on show in a new exhibition alongside some of Queen Victoria’s personal possessions from the Harewood Estate’s collection.
The Victorian Harewood exhibition is set to open on Friday March 24.
Items on display will include Queen Victoria’s writing set and a bracelet she gave to her lady in waiting, Lady Charlotte Canning.
Also on show will be a watercolour painted by Queen Victoria and a A 19th century portrait of the Countess of Harewood, Lady Louisa, by George Richmond.
As well as finding out more about Victoria and her lady in waiting, visitors will discover see how Lady Louisa, the third Countess of Harewood, altered the fabric of Harewood House in her grand redevelopment.
Queen Victoria has strong links with Harewood House. She stayed at Harewood On September 12 1835 as a young princess.
She wrote in her diary, “Harewood is in Yorkshire. The park seems very fine; the view from the window is very pretty. We dined in the beautiful gallery with a party of nearly 300 in number.”
Queen Victoria is great great great grandmother to the eighth and current Earl of Harewood David Lascelles.
He said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting this exhibition. Filming is valuable to houses like Harewood, it attracts new audiences and with a global series like Victoria it puts us on the worldwide stage.
“Harewood’s own connections to Victoria add real authenticity to this year’s exhibition.”
During the exhibition visitors will have the chance to learn how the house was prepared for filming and what rooms were used.
Harewood House was built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron of Harewood.
For more information on Harewood House, go to www.harewood.org