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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, is a magnificent Royal Palace in  Central London that was the official home of Princess Diana before her tragic death, and has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century.

Located on the Western edge of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace  is now the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton), despite this a large portion of the house is open to the public and is well worth a visit if you wish to see how the British monarchy lived.

You can visit: The King’s State Apartments and The Queen’s State Apartments, and walk round the palace’s pretty gardens.

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There is also a fascinating exhibition on Queen Victoria. Victoria Revealed uses the Queen’s own journals and displays her personal objects in the rooms where she once lived, to give an intimate account of Queen Victoria\’s incredible life.

And don’t forget to check out Luminous Lace a magnificent lighting display at the centre of the palace which is made from almost 4 km of glowing cables and contains nearly 12,000 Swarovski crystals.

Top Tip:  Finish your tour of Kensington Palace by taking tea or lunch in The Orangery.  Queen Anne’s 18th-century Orangery, was once the setting for the most lavish of court entertainments,in London. It now serves elegant lunches and afteronoon teas. If the weather is good, sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the spectacular views of the palace and gardens.

Kensington Palace Opening times:
Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Last admission 16.00

Ticket Prices: Adults £14.50 Children (under 16) Free

Where is Kensington Palace?
Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

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Princess Diana with her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry, taken inside her Kensington Palace apartment.