Kensington Palace has been home to many a royal since the 17th century. Presently it is the official residence of the latest Royal baby, Prince George of Cambridge, plus mum and dad of course!
This stylish palace in the Kensington and Chelsea area of London was also home to Diana Princess of Wales as well as the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret. You can visit the palace and gardens and see for yourself “how the other half lives!”
The Palace was originally known as “Nottingham House” and was bought by King William and Queen Mary from the 2nd Earl of Nottingham for £20,000. King William promptly instructed Sir Christopher Wren to expand and improve the building. This Wren did with his usual visionary aplomb and ever since that time Kensington Palace has been the residency of choice for a long list of Royals.
William and Kate will shortly move up to Princess Margaret’s 20-room dwelling along with baby Prince George and Prince Harry will move into the apartment left vacant by the couple.
It’s a hard life but somebody has to do it!
The King’s gallery is open to the public and is a splendid room to visit. It was decorated by King George I in 1727. One fascinating original feature is the wind direction instrument, which is attached to the roof but actually reads above the fireplace. This nifty little device is obviously made using a kind of gear system, which allows the angle of movement to change. The wind direction instrument gave the king a clue as to which direction his navy were heading and also when the sea-post might arrive. Amazingly it is still working well today.
Other spectacular features of Kensington Palace include the King’s staircase and the Sunken Garden – the mind boggles!
The Palace is open to visitors every day of the week from 10.00 – 18.00. The entry fee is £15 for adults and children under 16 years are admitted for free. A fun and enlightening day out can therefore be had by all the family without the need to spend a fortune.