Kensington Palace is now both a palace open to the public while still home to members of the royal family. Built about 1605 and purchased for £20,000 in 1689 by William III and Mary II when the Kensington Palace was known as Nottingham House. William instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King's Works from 1669 to 1718, to improve the house immediately.
Kensington’s State Apartments were given over in 1911-12 to the newly founded London Museum for the display of objects relating to the City of London and royal relics. Queen Mary had taken a keen interest in the museum. And it was she who managed to persuade George V (1910-36) that it could 'be accommodated, at least temporarily, in the State Rooms at Kensington Palace'.
Today, Kensington continues its long history as a residence for members of the Royal Family. Princesses still live around Princesses’ Court. The best known resident in recent years was Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97) who occupied apartments in the north-west part of the palace from 1981 to 1997.
Since 2013 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made Kensington Palace their home.
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|Admission notes:FREE for under 16 year olds.|
|Art Fund||FREE entry|
|London Pass||FREE entry with Fast Track|
|Historic Royal Palaces||FREE entry|
|Phone||0844 482 7777|
|Website||Kensington Palace State Apartments|