Kensington Palace Re-opens Today
Kensington Palace, after almost two years and a £12 million refurbishment, re-opened today with some of the private areas of the palace on display to the public for the first time.
Nicknamed the 'Aunt Heap' by HRH the Duke of Windsor, Kensington Palace has been home to a succession of Royals including Princess Margaret, Pricess Diane, and is today the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Prince William and Kate)
The transformation has changed Kensington Palace from a rather stuffy collection of apartments, for minor Royals, into an accessible, lively, intriguing and very modern Royal Palace.
For the first time you can just wander into a Royal Palace, head for the the new light green loggia, inscribed with the details of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, to the new Entrance Hub where you can queue for tickets for the four routes that lead to four different displays.
Victoria Revealed has ten lavishly decorated rooms telling the story of Queen Victoria’s life, in her own words from letters and diaries, from her birth in the Palace, through her childhood, ascension, marriage, periods of mourning and her own Diamond Jubilee
The King’s Apartments telling the stories of the courts of William and Mary, George I and George II in the 17th and 18th centuries and the the games of the royal court all the while being impressed by the grand architecture.
The Queen’s Apartments lift the curtain on the private lives of Mary II and Anne and the decline of the Stuart dynasty in aseries of more intimate rooms.
Diana Glimpses of a Modern Princess – a selection of five dresses worn by Diana Princess of Wales at different points in her life
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh reopened Kensington Palace, on the 23rd March after inspecting the transformed palace buildings and garden they meet staff and volunteers.
The restoration project, which has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been completed to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Beautiful new landscaped gardens are waiting to be explored and admired plus a new shop and café.
This transformation has really improved Kensington Palace putting it firmly back on the list of must-see attractions in London.