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Kensington Palace from Kensington Gardens. The landscaping was changed in 2012, along with that a new entrance was created to the east side of the building.

Kensington Palace from Kensington Gardens. The landscaping was changed in 2012, along with that a new entrance was created to the east side of the building.

April 2009
Statue of Queen Victoria, who was born in Kensington Palace 24 May 1819.

Statue of Queen Victoria, who was born in Kensington Palace 24 May 1819.

2008
Kensington Palace. The Last Debutantes exhibition in the palace.

Kensington Palace. The Last Debutantes exhibition in the palace.

2008
Kensington Palace - south front

Kensington Palace - south front

May 2012
Kensington Palace east side

Kensington Palace east side

May 23, 2012
This entrance was built for the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Kensington Palace.

This entrance was built for the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Kensington Palace.

April 30, 2012
Kensington Palace. East side entrance to the palace.

Kensington Palace. East side entrance to the palace.

April 30, 2012
Kensington Palace. Ground floor level on the east side, Palace shop windows.

Kensington Palace. Ground floor level on the east side, Palace shop windows.

April 30, 2012
Kensington Palace. View to the east side elevation.

Kensington Palace. View to the east side elevation.

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace. The newly created terrace area.

Kensington Palace. The newly created terrace area.

April 30, 2012
Kensington Palace. The newly created terrace area.

Kensington Palace. The newly created terrace area.

April 30, 2012
Kensington Palace. The newly created terrace area.

Kensington Palace. The newly created terrace area.

April 30, 2012
In memory of Peter Buckley 1942-2008 President of The Royal Horticultural Society 2005-2008 who so enjoyed for over forty years the Gardens of Kensington Palace.

In memory of Peter Buckley 1942-2008 President of The Royal Horticultural Society 2005-2008 who so enjoyed for over forty years the Gardens of Kensington Palace.

April 30, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace - view from north

Kensington Palace - view from north

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace - view from north

Kensington Palace - view from north

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace - north view

Kensington Palace - north view

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace. The newly created Wiggly Walk immersed in the midst of hardy native Hornbeam hedging.

Kensington Palace. The newly created Wiggly Walk immersed in the midst of hardy native Hornbeam hedging.

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace and the gardens in April 2012.

Kensington Palace and the gardens in April 2012.

April 30, 2012
Gardens of Kensington Palace

Gardens of Kensington Palace

April 30, 2012
Gardens of Kensington Palace

Gardens of Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Gardens of Kensington Palace

Gardens of Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace. View to the east from the Palace Gardens

Kensington Palace. View to the east from the Palace Gardens

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace. Statue of Queen Victoria

Kensington Palace. Statue of Queen Victoria

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace. East side entrance and Gardens from Kensington Gardens

Kensington Palace. East side entrance and Gardens from Kensington Gardens

May 23, 2012
Kensington Palace. Victoria Revealed - a new permanent exhibition, will explore the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents - Queen Victoria - in her own words.

Kensington Palace. Victoria Revealed - a new permanent exhibition, will explore the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents - Queen Victoria - in her own words.

May 23, 2012
Wall south of Kensington Palace

Wall south of Kensington Palace

June 2012
South view to Kensington Palace

South view to Kensington Palace

June 2012
Kensington Palace South entrance gates

Kensington Palace South entrance gates

June 2012
William III statue on the south of Kensington Palace

William III statue on the south of Kensington Palace

June 2012
William III statue on the south of Kensington Palace

William III statue on the south of Kensington Palace

June 2012
Kensington Palace south side windows

Kensington Palace south side windows

June 2012
Kensington Palace south side windows

Kensington Palace south side windows

June 2012
Kensington Palace east entrance

Kensington Palace east entrance

June 2012
Kensington Palace east entrance

Kensington Palace east entrance

June 2012
Kensington Palace east entrance

Kensington Palace east entrance

June 2012
Kensington Palace east entrance

Kensington Palace east entrance

June 2012
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

June 2012
Kensington Palace east entrance

Kensington Palace east entrance

June 2012
Kensington Palace in January 2014.

Kensington Palace in January 2014.

January 19, 2014
View to Kensington Palace.

View to Kensington Palace.

January 19, 2014
Kensington Palace in September 2013

Kensington Palace in September 2013

5. September 2013
Kensington Palace Gold Gates with tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kensington Palace Gold Gates with tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales.

5. September 2013
Statue of Green Victoria

Statue of Green Victoria

19.01.2014
Kensington Palace in the winter.

Kensington Palace in the winter.

5. February 2012
View to Kensington Palace from Hyde Park

View to Kensington Palace from Hyde Park

26. May 2013

Kensington Palace

Address:
Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Type:
Public
Completion:
17th century
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Description of Kensington Palace

In the summer of 1689 William and Mary purchased Nottingham House, a Jacobean mansion built about 1605. It stood in Kensington, a village that 'esteem'd a very good Air'.

Nottingham House was owned by William's trusted Secretary of State, Daniel Finch, Earl of Nottingham, and the purchase price was £20,000. William instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King's Works from 1669 to 1718, to improve the house immediately.

Nicholas Hawksmoor was appointed Clerk of the Works (1689-1715) and the project was hurried forward, as the Queen was anxious to move in.

Wrenovations

In order to save time and money, the Jacobean house was left intact and Wren added blocks, or pavilions, to its four corners, to provide additional accommodation for the King and Queen and their court. Each pavilion was of three storeys, with attics above.

Wren also re-orientated the building by designing a new entrance and service courtyard (the Great Court) on its west side. On the south side of the Great Court, Wren built a range narrow block containing a corridor (the Stone Gallery) which led from the main entrance to the south-west pavilion, with rooms for courtiers behind.

On the north side of the courtyard were the kitchens and on the west, an archway surmounted by a clock tower, which still survives.

The royal court took up residence at Kensington House, as it was known, shortly before Christmas 1689.

Source: hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace

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2012/05/24 00:31

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Kensington Palace, has reconnected Kensington Gardens with Kensington Palace as part of a £12million project to transform the palace and its surroundings. The new gardens make the palace more open, more welcoming and more accessible to visitors and to the local community of Kensington and Chelsea. Working together with English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces Access Group, and Royal Parks, as well as an expert team of architects and landscape designers the area has been re-established as one great garden, with the palace at its heart.

The landscape at Kensington Gardens as we see it today is, almost in its entirety, the work of Charles Bridgeman, royal gardener from 1728 until 1738, and one of Britain’s greatest and most influential landscape designers. However in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and in recent decades, railings and fences were erected, along with evergreen shrubberies and informal groups of trees close to the building interrupting Bridgeman’s original scheme. The removal of these high railings and fences, and of some shrubs and trees, has opened up the palace and its surrounding landscape and made it more welcoming.

A new three acre public garden to the east of the palace has been created and over 250 new trees have been planted in Kensington Gardens in conjunction with the Royal Parks.

The landscape scheme for Kensington Palace used Bridgeman’s work in the garden as a catalyst for the reconnection of the palace and the park.

By creating a new landscape the building’s appearance has become warmer and more attractive – the gardens now reflect the history and importance of the palace and is sympathetic to the surrounding area. The new Wiggly Walk, utilizing a new resin bonded buck coloured pathway to achieve level access, is immersed in the midst of hardy native Hornbeam hedging, with mid-green leaves throughout spring and summer producing green catkins from late spring to autumn, turning to clusters of winged fruit in autumn providing food for local wildlife.

Visitors to the new café can sit outside on the newly created terrace area and enjoy the gentle fragrance of a Magnolia. Further to the south of the gardens a Wild Flower meadow introduces biodiversity and a newly created herbaceous border is in keeping with the original Bridgeman designs.

That the framework of this garden should have survived in the centre of London is nothing short of extraordinary. This is the last surviving example of a complete Bridgeman landscape and is a Grade I Registered Park and Garden. These new interventions are subtle but significant, re-introducing the once historic vistas from the palace to the park. It is the change from a park with a palace at its edge to a garden with a palace at its heart.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Landscape Architect for the project said: “The aims of the new garden are quite simply to create a more coherent and dignified setting for the palace, to recover important historic views to and from the gardens, and to reconnect the palace to the neighbouring park, thus restoring Kensington Palace to its place at heart the of Kensington Gardens. The new ten-acre royal garden builds upon and complements the bold ‘unaffected Englishness’ of Charles Bridgeman’s early eighteenth-century landscape, but is a new layer in this most layered of gardens, and a contemporary response to the palace, the park and the needs of a modern audience.”

Graham Dillamore, Gardens and Estate Manager for Historic Royal Palaces said: “Like at Hampton Court Palace the 10 acre garden around Kensington Palace has traditionally provided the setting and backdrop for the Royal apartments. The exciting new gardens to the east and south not only reunite us with the Park but will provide a grand and easier approach for visitors, transferring them from Royal Park to Royal Palace in a few simple steps. Our new garden observes the need for biodiversity in London, respects the historic landscape and engages fully with the visitors to Kensington Gardens. This mixture of old and new is a harmonious one and we all look forward to watching it grow and meeting lots of new visitors who for many years thought we were closed."

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2011/11/22 13:05

Historic Royal Palaces is delighted to announce it is in the closing stages of its fundraising campaign for the £12 million redevelopment of Kensington Palace. The project will enhance the visitors’ experience of the Palace and make it ‘a Palace for everyone’. The extensive refurbishment will be unveiled in March 2012 to celebrate the year of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics.

Kensington Palace will be linked once again to the neighbouring park and surrounding landscape with gardens inspired by the historic grounds of the area. Historic vistas to and from the Palace will be reinstated, and a new outdoor courtyard will be installed. The main visitor entrance will be relocated to the East of the Palace to welcome visitors. The Palace’s interiors have been restored to reflect the grandeur of their many royal residents.

Charles Mackay, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces said “Our plans for Kensington Palace will open up the buildings and gardens and increase our visitors’ appreciation of the important events that have occurred there. We are pleased to have excellent support from major donors in the UK as well as America. Our most recent gift of £1 million has been made by American industrialist and philanthropist Mark Pigott OBE. Mr Pigott’s gift complements our most generous supporters for this project, notably Lord Cadogan, Dame Vivien Duffield and the Weston Family, in helping make our vision a reality.”

Historic Royal Palaces is, as part of this project, creating a new suite of visitor galleries in the Palace. These spaces, which have not been previously open to the public, will be the new home of a series of exhibitions, which will explore the building’s royal history. The extensive Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection will be the primary resource of the exhibitions. The first exhibition in the Pigott Galleries will open in May 2012 and will feature special items from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897, the only other Diamond Jubilee in British Royal History.

Source: hrp.org.uk

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2011/11/11 14:32

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to make Kensington Palace their permanent London residence from mid- to late-2013. The Duke and Duchess will occupy an apartment last lived in by the late Princess Margaret. The Duke and Duchess are currently using another, smaller property at Kensington Palace as a temporary London residence.

The apartment into which they are moving is currently managed by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is used for a number of purposes, including offices, classrooms and storage. A public exhibition in part of the apartment organised by Historic Royal Palaces is due to end in September 2012, at which point the apartment will be handed back to the Royal Household for structural works. The extent of the work needed to turn the apartment back into a home is not yet known, but it is expected that the apartment will not be ready for occupation until at least the middle of 2013.

It is anticipated that Prince Harry will move into the residence currently occupied by The Duke and Duchess at Kensington Palace once they vacate it to move to their new apartment.

The Household Office of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales will move from its current offices at St. James’s Palace to offices at Kensington Palace in mid-2012. The move will enable office staff to be closer to The Duke and Duchess and, eventually, Prince Harry if he also moves to Kensington Palace. The Household will continue to share certain functions with the Household of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The planned moves have been approved by The Queen and The Prince of Wales.

Source: princeofwales.gov.uk

2011/07/19 09:43

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally moved into Kensington Palace. The move is only a temporary measure because the apartment is considered too small for long-term use – including bringing up a family.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2016286/Prince-William-Kate-Middleton-modest-Kensington-Palace-flat.html#ixzz1SWzCbYez

Buildington
2011/02/16 20:04

From March 2010, Kensington Palace will become the Enchanted Palace in a unique multisensory exhibition combining fashion, performance, and dazzling spectacle to reveal Kensington's magnificent State Apartments in a magical new light.

Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces is undertaking a £12 million major project to transform Kensington Palace by 2012. During this transition, acclaimed UK theatre company WILDWORKS will cast a spell over the palace, creating a mysterious and atmospheric world for visitors to explore, and bringing the hidden stories of the historic royal residence dramatically to life.

In the sumptuous State Apartments, leading fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, William Tempest, Stephen Jones, Boudicca, Aminaka Wilmont and illustrator/set designer Echo Morgan will each create spectacular installations in collaboration with WILDWORKS, taking inspiration from Kensington Palace and the princesses who once lived there - Mary, Anne, Caroline, Charlotte, Victoria, Margaret and Diana. These extraordinary contemporary designs will be displayed alongside historic items from the Royal Collection and Kensington Palace's Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, together with two dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret.

The complex and mysterious world of the royal court will be opened up through spectacular installations, interactive theatre, intimate storytelling, soundscapes, haunting film projections, and a series of intriguing clues hidden throughout the historic rooms, revealing tales of love and hate, surprise and sadness, secrets and jealousy.

Each room will have a powerful story to tell about Kensington Palace's former royal residents and the life of the court - a world within a world, with its own time and rituals.

Historic Royal Palaces Curator Alexandra Kim commented, "This is an innovative animated exhibition, set against the backdrop of the magnificent State Apartments, and offers a truly unique opportunity to discover the hidden stories of Kensington Palace. Featuring specially commissioned contemporary fashion installations woven into fascinating tales from the palaces history, The Enchanted Palace will enable visitors to explore the extraordinary lives of Kensington's former royal residents."

WILDWORKS Producer Bill Mitchell said, "We have found the stories of the palace incredibly inspiring, they're like true fairy tales - the rebellious princess who was so universally loved that, when she died in childbirth, London ran out of black mourning fabric; the little sickly prince who played peashooters with his uncle, the king; the court that kept a wild feral boy as a pet; the young princess who wept for three days when told she had to marry a man twice her age; the two friends who had a quarrel that caused deaths, changed the fortunes of great families and the map of Europe. Its such rich material for art and theatre - to be exploring these stories in the rooms where they took place is thrilling."

The Enchanted Palace is inspired by the £12 million major project that will transform the visitor experience at Kensington Palace by improving accessibility, introducing new education and community facilities, reconnecting the palace with the surrounding park through new public gardens, and enabling us to present exciting exhibitions inspired by the palaces rich past and unique collections. This project, Welcome to Kensington a palace for everyone, will be completed by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces in June 2012, in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

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