The palace, once known as Nottingham House has been a residence of the Royal Family since the 17th century. Initially built as a modest mansion it was to become over the centuries the grand palace that we now know with its elegant King and Queen’s State Apartments and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Palace’s history. Queen Caroline shaped the palace and gardens, and Queen Victoria spent her childhood here. She left to live in Buckingham Palace in 1837. Kensington later became home for minor royals, including her daughter, the talented sculptor Princess Louise. Current inhabitants are the TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle.
The King’s Gallery. The King’s gallery, designed by William Kent, is the largest and longest of the state apartments at Kensington Palace. The Gallery was used for exercise as well as displaying pictures. It contains the finest paintings of the Royal Collection, including among others a copy of van Dyck’s noble portrait of Charles I on horseback which dominates the east end of the Gallery.
Diana: Her Fashion Story. Diana, also having resided at Kensigton Palace, is remembered in an exhibition of some of her most glamorous and elegant outfits she wore called Diana: Her Fashion Story. The collection displays many iconic dresses. Not to be missed is the midnight velvet blue gown worn by the princess when she famously danced with John Travolta in the White House. The exhibition will be refreshed, with five new outfits going on public display for the first time, including a dramatic green silk satin gown by Victor Edelstein worn for an official portrait in 1987, and a pleated royal blue evening dress by Japanese designer Yuki, worn for a dinner hosted by Emperor Hirohito of Japan in May 1986, and again to the Ballet at the London Coliseum in July 1990. In order to facilitate the refresh of the exhibition it will be closed from 21 April 2018 reopening on 27 April 2018. The palace will remain open to visitors throughout this time.
Location:Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Nearest Underground: High Street Kensington or Queensway