Kensington Palace

London’s 300 Year Old Kensington Palace was even Diana’s Royal Home

Kensington Palace
On our way to visit Kensington Palace

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The golden decorated gates of Kensington Palace

During April in England you expect it to be wet and maybe cold but not freezing!! I had on my “Russian Winter” coat and was so glad that I remembered to bring a pair of gloves with me for my day of exploring in London. Spring was not far away but there was no sign of it and as we walked through the park to Kensington Palace we skipped the gardens and went straight into the Palace.

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Entering Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been a royal home for over 300 years and parts of the palace is still a private residence for members of the Royal Family today. So we were not able to explore the whole Palace but what we got to explore was fabulous! The magnificent State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes dresses worn by HM Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, are open to the public and we spent quite a while here.

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I just love the decorated ceilings!!

As I walked through the palace I got to admire the family portraits and original furnishings adorning the homely Queen’s Apartments. In contrast to the grandeur of the King’s Apartments, which were filled with paintings and works of art from the Royal Collection.

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The chairs have the royal crown on them!
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You sit here and “hear the walls whisper”!!

I enjoyed the huge Drawing Room the most where if you sat down on the pillows you could listen to a part of the Palace history while looking out the surrounding furnishings and beautifully decorated ceiling.

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WOW!!

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Just look at this ceiling!!

Kensington Palace was once a favoured home of some of Britain’s most famous kings and queens and the setting for many great events and dramas in royal history. It was originally a private country house and the building was acquired by William III and Mary II in 1689. Unfortunately Queen Mary II died of smallpox in Kensington Palace in 1694.  For the next 70 years the palace was at the centre of the life and government of the kingdom and played host to the courts of William and Mary, Queen Anne, George I and George II. In 1702, William suffered a fall from a horse at Hampton Court and was brought to Kensington Palace, where he died shortly after. After William III’s death, the palace became the residence of Queen Anne.

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Look at this stunning staircase!

In the 19th century Kensington was also the birthplace and childhood home of Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria). But it’s best known resident in recent years was Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97) who occupied apartments in the north-west part of the palace from 1981 to 1997.

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The Royal Throne!
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15 comments

  1. We went to the palace on a cold rainy March day. Good day for it. The palace was really interesting, too though we weren’t allowed to take photos and I didn’t risk the “stealth” ones I often take because the light wasn’t very good due to the dark day.

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  2. What a fabulous coat! I visited Kensington Palace in 1999, two years after the death of Princess Diana and people were still laying wreaths at the Palace gates. It was early spring and reasonably warm, the gardens were still being prepared for planting (or so it appeared) and there was a wonderful exhibition of photographs and memorabilia featuring the Royal Horse Guards. The exhibition of gowns and dresses worn by Princess Diana and other royalty was on display, so beautiful and yet also very sad at that time. It is lovely to see your photos of your visit, brings back great memories of my trip to London, thanks you for sharing them with us.

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    • Sounds like your visit was very emotional and beautiful at the same time! We got to see some of Diana’s dresses but think it must be much less now than so shortly afterwards. Oh yeah, thanks, I love this coat it is so snug and warm!! Its the only reason I survived my second Russian winter!

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    • For now, I will definitely go back to Russia some day, I really want to go and do the Siberian Railway across Russia! I have just moved to South-Africa and am starting a new adventure….will soon start posting about me new Cape Town adventures.

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    • Thanks, it is such a snug and warm coat! Yes, I sat down every time there was a “whispering wall” and you really cant hear anything while standing….it feels like someone is whispering the colourful history to you while you sit and admire the palace decor.

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