Kensington Palace

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The Home of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses.
This visit has been specially created by Talk-Tourism using specialist tour guides who will accompany you during your entire visit.
Before you enter the Palace your guide will explain how in the summer of 1689 William and Mary bought Nottingham House, a Jacobean mansion and transformed it into a Royal Palace. There is a short walk through Kensington Gardens, passing by Queen Anne’s Orangery and the beautiful Sunken Gardens before arriving at the Palace, now the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George.
The Palace was home to Queen Victoria for the first 18 years of her life; only hours after learning that she had become Queen the young Princess made her way down to the Red Saloon to hold her first Privy Council Meeting.
Historic Royal Palaces have recently spent £12m restoring the State Apartments and landscaping the gardens and adding a new entrance loggia, restaurant and gift shop, creating the perfect day out. The Palace gardens lead onto the Broad Walk, the Round Pond and into the wider Kensington Gardens as they would have done in the days of King George II and his wife Queen Caroline. 
You will see how Kensington Palace’s royal owners have used its spaces and shaped its physical transformation since acquiring it in the late 17th century right up to the present day. When William and Mary bought Nottingham House from the 2nd Earl of Nottingham for £20,000 they instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King's Works to begin an immediate expansion of the house. Keeping the shell of the structure intact.  Wren proceeded to add a three-story pavilion at each of the four corners, providing more accommodation for the King and Queen and their attendants.
‘Fashion Rules’. This  exhibition takes a look at dresses worn by three royal women in their fashion heydays: HM Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s. Five rooms of elegant dresses are featured with 21 exceptional couture dresses. You can explore how these royal women reflected the style and trends of the day, negotiating the rules of dressing fashionably within the ‘rules’ of a royal wardrobe. The exhibition is complemented by film and photography to set the scene.
‘Victoria Revealed’. This exhibition explores in her own words the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents - Queen Victoria. You can see many objects including dresses, diaries, paintings and wedding gifts. You will have an insight to the romance of her early relationship with Prince Albert. See gifts which Queen Victoria exchanged with Prince Albert during their engagement in 1839 and her wedding dress. Glamorous jewellery, poignant mourning clothes and other personal items sit alongside replica Victorian children's toys. Try-on clothing and fun interactive experiences for all visitors.
‘The King's State Apartments’.  Follow in the footsteps of visitors to the court of George I and II. Climb the magnificent King’s Staircase and see if you can master the ‘games of court’.
Cost from £29.00 Per person. 
Includes: Specilist tour guides throughout the day, entry to Palace.
Accessibility: 600yd walk through Kensington Gardens. Several flights of stairs and steps within Palace. Lifts availible with prior arrangment.

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