Did you know?

Did you know?

The White Tower

The palaces share a great amount of history with our American friends. Find out what ties the palaces and the USA together!

Sir Walter Raleigh, the courtier and explorer who established the first colony in the New World was imprisoned three times in the Tower of London.

The founder of the State of Pennsylvania, William Penn, was born and baptised near the Tower of London. He famously wrote No Cross, No Crown whilst at the Tower.

In 1734, the founder of Georgia, General James E. Oglethorpe, brought the Native American  Chiefs of the Creek tribe to Kensington Palace to meet King George II and Queen Caroline, where they were greeted as Heads of State.

Henry Laurens, a one-time President of the Continental Congress, was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his part in the American struggle for independence.

The British Pavilion at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was modelled on the Orangery at Kensington Palace.


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