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, 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.

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.

Visit Kensington Palace
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.

Visit the Kensington Palace gardens
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’.

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

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

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Free

Illustration of the Tudor west gate of Hampton Court Palace with a giant Lindt gold bunny in the foreground. Henry VIII stands on the left of the image.
Families

Join the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the palace and gardens and enjoy some springtime family fun.

06-22 April 2019

Hampton Court Palace

Daily 10:00-18:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A family consisting of a mum, dad, teenage daughter, young boy and girl relax on the South Lawn with the South Facade of the castle in the background. A young couple are also strolling through the gardens behind them. The family appear to be happily chatting away in the summer sun and the sky is blue with only a hint of clouds. The heavy sunshine casts dark shadows on the grass nearby as the rays hit a nearby mature tree.
Families Highlights

Join in the family activities at Hillsborough Castle & Gardens during our launch week this Easter.

18 April - 28 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Various dates over Easter

Included in gardens admission

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.

£10.99

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

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.

£49.00

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

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.

£19.99