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 TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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 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, 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’.
Diana: Her Fashion Story, is the critically-acclaimed exhibition featuring some of Diana, Princess of Wales' most famous outfits.
Open daily until 17 February 2019
Give yourself at least one hour for this exhibition.
Included in palace admission (members go free)
Commemorate the royal wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with this 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.
This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.