13 March 2017
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Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces cares for the State Apartments at Kensington Palace which attract 400,000 visitors every year.
We hope to create a new building behind the Orangery restaurant at Kensington Palace. This building would provide improved access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, new kitchens and facilities for the Orangery restaurant and essential office space enabling us to continue to welcome visitors, students and researchers from around the world.
Visitor numbers at Kensington Palace have significantly increased since the charity completed a major refurbishment of the public spaces in 2012; this additional space will enable us to better serve our visitors and support the exhibitions, education and events programme and curatorial projects at the palace.
The State Apartments at Kensington Palace are managed separately from areas of the palace used by the Royal Household. Members of the Royal Family have no involvement in this project.
The project would be funded by private donations and the charity’s own reserves. No public funding will be involved.
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk
The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection is a designated collection of national and international importance, cared for by Historic Royal Palaces. It contains approximately 12,000 items of historic dress from the 16th century to the present day, providing information about the history of fashion, life at court, British ceremonial traditions, and the lives of key historical figures. Our collection contains items of clothing worn by royalty including George III, Queen Victoria, Princess Margaret, Diana, Princess of Wales and The Queen.