Modern Royals at Kensington Palace

Who lives 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.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are also based in the palace's royal apartments.

Kensington Palace's previous residents have included TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 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

Kensington Palace is owned by Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of the nation, with Historic Royal Palaces caring for the parts that are open to the public.

This includes the King's State Apartments — which were first opened to visitors by Queen Victoria in 1898 — and the palace's exhibition spaces.

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after six palaces, including Kensington Palace. We are responsible for ensuring their preservation for future generations to enjoy.

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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 HRH The Duke of Sussex, 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, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to hold the official photo call to mark the announcement of their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.

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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

A historic royal residence

Kensington Palace was also the childhood home of Queen Victoria, the great, great, great grandmother of The Duke of Cambridge and and The Duke of Sussex.

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’.

A floral display reading '200 years' outside the East Front of Kensington Palace, under a bright blue sky and surrounded by formal lawn. The palace is in the background.
Highlights Things to see

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

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Kensington Palace

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Join Kirstie Allsopp, Liz Earle and other experts for a weekend of creative making and inspiration.

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Things to see

View an exquisite piece from the wardrobe of Diana, Princess of Wales alongside original sketches created for her during the design process.

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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.

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