Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement
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.
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.Visit Kensington Palace
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.Visit the Kensington Palace gardens
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’.
The Crown Jewels reside at the Tower of London and are worn by British kings and queens on their coronations and royal occasions. Our magnificent Crown Jewels collection make the perfect souvenir.