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"Kensington Palace" Kensington Palace & Gardens Tip by smschley

Kensington Palace & Gardens, London: 121 reviews and 248 photos

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by smschley

Kensington did not become a palace until William III decided the air at Kensington might benefit his lungs. Nottingham House, as it was then called, had been built in 1661 for his Secretary of State, the Earl of Nottingham. The King and Queen Mary moved from Whitehall in time for Christmas in 1689. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favorite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria.

In 1897 plans were made to demolish it, but Queen Victoria, who did not want to have the building demolished while she was living, convinced the Parliament to restore Kensington Palace. After the restoration, the State Apartments were opened to the public May 24, 1899.

Today Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence. Parts of the palace remain a private residence for members of the Royal Family; the State Apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection are open to the public. It was formerly the London residence of Diana, Princess of Wales and bore the brunt of the tremendous public outpouring of sympathy following her 1997 death in the form of hundreds of thousands of bouquets of flowers piled upon the palace gates.

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Directions: Circle/District lines to High Street Kensington or Central Line to Queensway or Notting Hill Gate.
Phone: +44 (0)870 751 5170

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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