George III and Queen Charlotte in Kew Gardens

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For many years George III and his large family spent about three months at Kew. Fanny Burney, a Keeper of the Robes, reported that "the Royal family are here always in a very refined way, that they live as the simplest country gentlefolk". The King studied official papers, rode for exercise, played chess and dined modestly. The Queen and her daughters embroidered and shared an interest in botany.