Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence of great historical importance. The palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. Queen Victoria was born here and it became her childhood home.

Surrounded by parkland, the palace offers a welcome retreat from the nearby hustle and bustle of London. Its understated elegance makes the palace an ideal companion to the Royal Parks’ tranquil gardens and ponds. Yet behind this calm, peaceful façade you will discover a spirited venue of royal extravagance and magnificent beauty, full of lively stories of rivalry, politics, heartache and romance.

A prestigious stage for hundreds of years, the state rooms are where powerful politicians and courtiers jostled for influence and the ear of the king. And the palace’s exquisite interior and stylish character has been shaped by centuries of artists, craftsmen and fashionable residents – from William Kent to Princess Diana.

Until the death of George II in 1760, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns. Upon her accession in 1837, Queen Victoria chose to reign from Buckingham Palace.

Queen Mary (grandmother of the present Queen) was born at Kensington Palace in 1867. The Duke of Edinburgh stayed there in his grandmother’s apartment in 1947 between his engagement and his marriage.

Today, Kensington Palace is the official office and London residences of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. It is also the office and residence of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The World Branding Awards 2016 ceremony will once again take place at Kensington Palace in September.

HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George, with President Barack Obama, sharing a moment at Kensington Palace

Cambridges and Obama