A building history

A building history

An artist's view of Kensington Palace


This is the story of how Kensington Palace’s royal owners have used its spaces and shaped its physical transformation from the late 17th century to the present day.

  1. William and Mary buy Nottingham House to escape the 'grime' of Whitehall
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  2. The Queen builds the Orangery and extends the gardens.
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  3. The King rebuilds, spends lavishly and employs the little-known William Kent.
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  4. Kensington falls into disuse as its last reigning monarch mourns his Queen
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  5. The future queen is born at Kensington, while her mother’s palace alterations upset William IV.
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  6. The Queen saves Kensington's state apartments from near demolition and they become a public exhibition space
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  7. The sometime site of the London Museum is still a home to the royal family.
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  8. Bibliography of Kensington Palace
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