Kensington Palace is a royal residence situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.
The palace has been a house of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and till this day it houses several members of the Royal Family in the luxurious apartments. It was the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales, and that is why after her tragic death in 1997 it has become a place visited by thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Inside, there is a permanent exhibition of photographs of the princess. Another attraction of the Kensington Palace is the Orangery restaurant, which has one of the finest tea selections in London and a lovely terrace. Here you can also visit the palace's luxurious apartments.
The Palace is set in Kensington Gardens, one of the Royal Parks of London, which covers an area of 111 hectares and is located very close to Hyde Park. Although the gardens are the royal property, they are open to the public. Together with Hyde Park, Green Park i St James Park, Kensington Gardens are considered the "green lung" of the city.
Architecturally, Kensington Palace is a Baroque building. During the reign of Wilhelm III the palace was extended and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren. At that time, the king and the queen lived in the Palace of Whitehall, but due to health problems of the king, they decided to move as far away from the Thames as possible to provide relief for the king who suffered acute asthma attacks. It was at that time that the Kensington Palace was converted into a royal residence. Later, the palace underwent several renovations and expansions. During the reign of George I the architect responsible for renovation works was William Benson. The gardens were designed jointly by Wren and a landscape architect George London.
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|Neighbourhood||Kensington and Chelsea (LONDON)|
|Price||normal : 12.50 child : 6.25 (age <15) student : 11.00 (age <26) retired : 11.00 (age 60<)|
|Geographical coordinates||51.5060878, -0.1906599|
|Address||W8 4 City of London, Kensington Palace Gardens|
|More information||official website|