History Explorer: The decline of George III

Charlotte Hodgman and Amanda Foreman explore Kew Palace in Richmond, where King George III was incarcerated during several bouts of mental illness

Kew Palace was a residence of George III and Queen Charlotte during his reign from 1760. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine

Strolling through the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on a summer’s day is a veritable assault on the senses. Lush green lawns stretch far into the distance; row upon row of colourful plants and flowers turn their faces to the sun, their many scents rising in the heat. So dazzling is the foliage that it is easy to miss the 17th-century, four-storey red-brick house, small by royal standards which is one of the few surviving parts of the Kew Palace complex.

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