Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
King William III and Queen Mary II purchased Nottingham House in 1689 and transformed into a palace with the help of Sir Christopher Wren (the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral). Kensington Palace was also their private home.
This area was considered countryside but in 2015 this area is a wealthy part of London.
Kensington Palace in the past has been home to Princess Diana from 1981 to 1997. Princess Margaret , the Queen’s sister lived at Kensington Palace until she died in 2002. Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace and you can visit the bedroom she was awoken to be told she would be Queen. In 1898 on her 80th birthday she opened the Palace to the public.
Today the State Room are open to the Public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces.
In 2012 the Kensington Palace State Rooms were re-opened after major renovations costing £12 million ($19 million) Visitors now choose from four different routes throughout the palace that offer exhibits detailing cutting-edge digital presentations, and audios that bring to life the gatherings of gowns, antique furniture.
- William and Mary in the Queen’s State Apartments.
- The Court of George I and II in the King’s State Apartments
- The Life of Queen Victoria in the room most associated with her.
- The fourth displays – Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe in the 1950s. Princess Margaret from the 1960 and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s.
Kensignton Palace Tour
Tour Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Time of Tour : 02:00pm to 15:45pm
Price: £10 ** Special Offer **
*** Entrance Fee is not included ***
Book early and avoid disappointment.