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Kensington Palace

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A palace of secret stories and public lives, Kensington Palace, situated in beautiful parkland in the centre of London was designed as a royal residence for William III & Mary II by Sir Christopher Wren. More recently it has been the official residence to Princess Margaret, Diana Princess Of Wales, and is currently the home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The recently renovated visitor routes reveal the surprising stories of many of the palace’s inhabitants over the centuries.

Palace Gardens – The beautifully transformed gardens reconnect the building with the landscape of Kensington Gardens providing picturesque walks and fantastic vistas. 

Victoria Revealed – Explore the story of the woman behind the Crown, in the rooms where Queen Victoria grew up. Discover through her own words her lonely childhood at the palace, her deep love for Albert and the dreadful impact of his sudden death.

King’s State Apartments – Climb the magnificent King’s Staircase where Georgian courtiers peer down on you, marvel at the impressively decorated rooms and discover the fashionable world of the curious court of George II and Queen Caroline.

Queens State Apartments – Explore the small intimate rooms where the great tale of the Stuart dynasty reaches its tragic conclusion.

Don’t Miss!

Victoria – A Royal Childhood OPENS 24 MAY 2019

In the Very rooms that Queen Victoria grew up in, discover a surprisingly playful, creative and inventive child that grew into the woman who would one day rule over the largest empire the world had ever known.

Victorian Tiaras FROM 24 MAY 2019

Returning is the glittering suite of gems specially commissioned for Victoria by her beloved Albert, set to be part of Victoria – A royal childhood at Kensington Palace. The display includes the magnificent diamond and emerald diadem, emerald necklace, earrings and brooch.

Victoria – Woman and Crown OPENS 24 MAY 2019

Continue the story in our temporary exhibition in the Piggot Galleries that explores Victoria’s public and private image, her role as Queen, Wife and Mother. This intriguing story reveals how her 9 children and 42 Grandchildren extended her influence across Europe and the Empire.