A fitting location
Kensington Palace is a particularly fitting location to explore Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in this royal jubilee year.
Queen Victoria is the only monarch apart from Queen Elizabeth II to have reigned for at least 60 years and Kensington has a strong connection with Victoria.
It was here at the palace in the early hours of 24 May 1819 that a princess, Alexandrina Victoria, was born. The baby was daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and would go on to become Queen Victoria. The Duke of Kent had been granted rooms in the palace by his father George III. Although the Duke of Kent died when Victoria was only nine months old, the princess and her mother continued to live at Kensington. It remained Victoria’s home until 20 June 1837, the day when she learnt that, following the death of her uncle William IV, she was now Queen of Great Britain.
Victoria's childhood home
Victoria moved from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace almost immediately after becoming queen, but despite leaving her old home she remained fond of the place of her childhood.
She was delighted when her own daughter Louise, a talented sculptor, took up apartments in the palace in the 1870s. Louise's statue of her mother was unveiled on the east side of the palace in 1893. In her Diamond Jubilee year 1897 Queen Victoria made a visit to Kensington Town Hall on 28 June 1897 where she received a congratulatory address and schoolchildren sang the national anthem. Two years later in 1899, the State Apartments of Kensington Palace were opened to the public, a move strongly supported by the Queen who wanted people to be able to come and see the Palace where she grew up.
Discover more about Queen Victoria in Victoria Revealed, a new permanent exhibition which will explore the life and reign of one of the palace’s most famous residents in her own words.