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KENSINGTON PALACE

KENSINGTON PALACE
KENSINGTON PALACE

In 1689 William III bought the Jacobean mansion Nottingham House from his Secretary of State, the Earl of Nottingham, and commissioned Christopher Wren to extend and improve it. Thus it became Kensington Palace, a favourite residence of successive monarchs until the death of George II in 1760. Queen Victoria was born and spent much of her youth here.

Today, Kensington Palace contains the offices and London residences of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Visitors can walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms, see the magnificent King's State Apartments and the famous Sunken Garden.

Region:
Location/Address: Kensington Gardens
County: London
Post Code: W8 4PX
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Historic Royal Palace's website
Tip/Nearby: Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, Holland Park, Notting Hill
Primary Management: Historic Royal Palaces
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