Kensington Palace has been one of the homes of the British monarchy for more than 300 years. Even today, certain apartments within the Palace are used as a residence by the present British monarchs. Kensington Palace was the residence of the late Princess Diana. This royal Palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and she grew up at Kensington Palace.
Today, not only does the British royalty use this magnificent palace as a place of residence, but being a working palace, it accommodates some very important offices of the British monarchy.
Among the attractions of the palace are the apartments of the king and queen, which have been preserved splendidly. The king’s apartments are grandiose regal rooms, which are decorated with unique wall paintings and the royal architecture is indeed splendid. If the king’s apartment exudes the lavish and opulent side of British royalty, the queen’s apartments echo with the sensitive and aesthetic side of palace life. The queen’s apartments have most of the original furniture which was used by Queen Mary II.
Apart from the royal apartments, you will be mesmerized by the splendor of the graceful Victorian rooms. It is believed that Princess Victoria along with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, lived in the Victorian rooms, which are still preserved impeccably with many of the original items which were then used by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. By far the best way to appreciate the stunning beauty of Kensington Palace is by walking on the landscaped gardens of the palace. You will come across the bronze statues of William III who was the first resident of Kensington Palace and Queen Victoria who was the last queen to reside here.
Kensington Palace Map
Facts about Kensington Palace
- In recent times, Princess Diana was a resident of Kensington Palace. She lived in the North Western part of the palace.
- Although, the general public are not allowed inside her residence, some of her designer dresses are on display at the Royal Ceremonial dress collection.
- Apart from Princess Diana’s dress collection, you can also see royal ceremonial dresses dating back to the 18th century.
Where is Kensington Palace?
Kensington Palace is located in Kensington, London. It is easily accessible through the London Underground. The Tube stations at Queensway, Notting Hill Gate or even the High Street Kensington stations are all located in close proximity to Kensington Palace.
Best time to visit Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is open everyday. Do remember that Kensington Palace is open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (November to February) and 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (March to October).
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Nearby Attractions : Albert Memorial, Royal College of Art, Royal Geographical Society, Holland Park
England major attractions: Stonehenge, British Museum, Big Ben London, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Millennium Bridge, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Zoo, Trafalgar Square, Palace of Westminster, Kensington Palace, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Nelson’s Column, Wellington Arch.