Kensington Palace

Discover the home of the young royals

Discover the home of the young royals

Explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments and Queen's State Apartments.

Your day out at Kensington Palace

Explore the home of Queen Victoria, William III, Mary II and Queen Anne.

Diana, Princess of Wales in her wedding dress

Royal Style in the Making

Until 2 January 2022

Last chance to see this unique temporary exhibition, situated in the newly-conserved historic Orangery, explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.

On display is the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years.

Detail of the wedding dress bodice of Diana, Princess of Wales

Royal lace: the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales

The ivory taffeta wedding dress designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, remains an iconic garment in royal wedding dress history, with the bodice of the dress featuring a piece of antique Carrick-ma-cross lace that once belonged to Prince Charles’ great-grandmother, Queen Mary.

Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
Things to see

Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

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The King's State Apartments interior
Things to see

Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

A large four poster bed covered in detailed period fabric, in a bedroom covered in dark green wall decor
Things to see

Explore the beautiful private rooms at Kensington Palace where Mary II once took her meals, relaxed and entertained.

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

More about Kensington Palace

Photograph of Kensington Palace from the East Front garden with Queen Victoria's statue.

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are given a tour of the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Modern royals at Kensington Palace

As well as being a popular visitor destination, Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. 

Painting of Princess Victoria and her Favourite Dog showing Queen Victoria as a young girl poised in front of a large window decorated with red curtains in front of a blue sky

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria grew up at Kensington Palace. She became queen aged 18 and ruled for 63 years.

A painting of George III and Queen Charlotte

The Georgians

Who were the Georgians – the kings who gave their name to an age?

Christmas gifts displayed in front of Christmas wrapped boxes

Christmas gifts

Discover unique souvenirs inspired by our palaces and give a gift of history this Christmas.

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Support us

We are a charity and there are several ways you can support us.

Online illustrated drawing of a White Tower wall

Sponsor a White Tower stone

A unique opportunity to become a custodian of one of the ancient stones that make up the walls of the White Tower at the Tower of London.

Conservator using a microscope to view material

Make a donation

Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. We raise all our own funds and depend on your support.

The Queen's Staircase, looking north-west. Showing wall paintings by William Kent.

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