Kensington Palace

Posted in Europe | April 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Kensington Palace is a site that simply exudes history. The site was known originally as Nottingham House, and belonged to the Earl of Nottingham. The mansion was bought off from the Earl of Nottingham by William III in 1696. The Earl was his Secretary of State at that time. After purchasing the mansion, he made several additions and improvements in the house, such as the Royal apartments for the King and Queen, as well as the widening of the private road.

Kensington Palace was stayed in by a number of noted royal personages. Queen Ann stayed here for quite some time in the early seventeen hundreds. The apartments were improved by the Queen, who also extended the apartments, and also added some garden buildings. She also added an orangery in the garden.

Queen Victoria was born here in 1819, and lived here right till she ascended to the throne in 1837, and shifted to Buckingham Palace. Queen Mary, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth, was also born in the palace, in 1867.

Late Princess Diana was also born in Kensington Palace. The west wing of the Palace was where she used to stay until she died untimely and tragically in 2002. At present, the palace is stayed in by the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. All of the men are the Queen’s cousins. There are some people working for the Queen and Prince Charles who are also staying in the palace.

The Kensington Palace can be visited by public. “The Enchanted Palace” is an exhibition that has been going on for the last two years. The state apartments have seen fashion designers holding shows. There are a number of rewarding sights and things to do such as haunting film projections, interactive theater, historic items and stories.

It is possible to visit the bed room of Queen Victoria, as well as décor. The King’s Gallery and the staircase have not changed in the décor right since 1727.

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