Modern Royals at Kensington Palace

Official royal residence

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, and Prince Harry.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are also based at Kensington Palace.

The palace is owned by Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of the nation, with Historic Royal Palaces caring for its spectacular State Apartments.

Kensington Palace’s previous residents have included Diana, Princess of Wales, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret.

 

A landscape image of Kensington Palace with blue sky and flowers in the foreground
The state apartments of Kensington Palace

Preserving the palace's history

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity responsible for caring for the parts of Kensington Palace that are open to the public, and for ensuring their preservation for future generations to enjoy.

These include the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments — which were first opened to visitors by Queen Victoria in 1898 — and the palace’s exhibition spaces.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown the White Garden at Kensington Palace
This planting includes pots of classic English white roses surrounding the reflective pool in the centre of the garden, with Cosmos daisies and Gaura weaving through the grass.
HRH Prince Harry is shown the White Garden at Kensington Palace

The Sunken Garden

Diana, Princess of Wales was particularly fond of the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace and in 2017 the planting scheme was transformed into The White Garden in her memory.

We were proud to welcome TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who visited the White Garden in August 2017. They were given a tour of the garden by Head Gardener, Sean Harkin, and Operations Manager, Graham Dillamore.

In November 2017, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle chose to hold the official photo call to mark the announcement of their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.

Victoria Revealed exhibition artwork

A historic royal residence

Kensington Palace was also the childhood home of Queen Victoria, who was The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s great, great, great grandmother.

It was at the palace that Victoria met Prince Albert, her future Consort, and was woken with news of her accession in June 1837. She held her first Privy Council meeting that same day in the Red Saloon and a few weeks later departed for Buckingham Palace, admitting she would miss the ‘poor old palace’.

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears a Versace dress in the promo image for Diana: Her Fashion Story

Diana: Her Fashion Story, is the critically-acclaimed exhibition featuring some of Diana, Princess of Wales' most famous outfits.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see

Give yourself at least one hour for this exhibition.

The gate of the Sunken Garden woven with plants and flowers at Kensington Palace under a partially cloudy sky

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace, including the intriguing Sunken Garden.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see

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

Open daily

Highlights Things to see

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A fascinating history of the rules governing royal dress and the modern royals who make 'dressing for the job' an art form.

Modern Royal Fashion

A fascinating history of the rules governing royal dress and the modern royals who make 'dressing for the job' an art form.

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Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 with the official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.

£49.00

Royal Wedding 2018 commemorative biscuit tin

Royal Wedding 2018 commemorative biscuit tin

Celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with this beautifully illustrated biscuit tin. Featuring designs by renowned British illustrator Milly Green, this pretty biscuit tin will make the perfect keepsake of this special Royal Wedding.

£14.99