About Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace stands at the western end of Kensington Gardens. Originally called Nottingham House, it passed into royal ownership in 1689 when it was acquired by William and Mary.
The King's asthma dictated a move from Whitehall Palace to the healthier air of Kensington. Sir Christopher Wren was engaged to design improvements to the house. The Clock Court and the South Front, including the 96-foot Long Gallery were added.
After William III's death in 1702 the palace became the home of Queen Anne. Wren designed the Orangery for her and a 30-acre garden was laid out by Henry Wise.
George I had further extensive alterations carried out. William Kent painted the elaborate trompe l'oeil ceilings and staircases.
The last monarch to live at Kensington Palace was George II. His consort, Caroline of Ansbach, influenced the development of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Charles Bridgman created the Serpentine, the Basin and Grand Vista and the Broad Walk for her.
Address and contact details
Kensington Palace State Apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection
Tel: 0844 482 7799
Fax: 020 3166 6110