If you’re a fan or, at least, interested with the royals and monarchy then Britain is for you.
Kensington Palace has been home to royals for 300 years now. It was where Queen Victoria was born and spent her childhood years, as well as, first moments of being Queen before transferring to Buckingham Palace. For the non-royals savvy, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Victorian Era, aside from the name, I always get reminded of ball gowns, cinched waist and corsets. The balls we see on fairy tales and old European films, we get to see a glimpse of this era. (See more of the Victorian fashion here.) Kensington was also home to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister. Now, it is currently home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine and their children.
I only know of three royal residences in London; Kensington Palace, Clarence House (which I have passed by going to the Buckingham Palace, as it is located at The Mall but did not take a photo of because of who I am as a person, this is also the current residence of Prince Charles) and Buckingham Palace (the official residence of reigning monarchs).
I didn’t get to visit Kensington (the borough) back in 2013 but I’ve heard and read how the posh and elite lives there. In fact, UK’s richest street is in Kensington which is the Kensington Palace Gardens. Royals and ambassadors of other countries live here, even Madonna, according to this article. I’m a sheeple and therefore, it piqued my interest and made it priority to visit, given that I’ve visited the other two royal residences, too.
My first memory of Kensington Palace is seeing the millions of flowers offered in front of the iconic golden gate following the death of Princess Diana. Kensington was her residence since she got married to Prince Charles (Queen Elizabeth II’s heir apparent) until her death. It was estimated that 60 million individual flowers were offered in front of royal residences throughout in London for the well-loved princess. When we visited, well-wishers have put balloons and flowers, as well, addressed to, mostly, the family of Prince William and Kate.
Our visit was greatly enjoyed among tree-lined streets, children playing around the spacious gardens, well maintained grass and hedges, the statue of Queen Victoria, a large pond across her with unafraid swans and ducks (Side note: I would too, if I were a swan. Did you know, swans are protected in the UK? The Queen owns the swans and if harmed, is considered an offense.), as well as a brief visit at the reception of the palace for the public, where they were showing a 90th birthday tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (I even got to sit on a pink throne!).
As with my visits to London, it is always fast-paced. I’m not sure if the city vibe gets to me or it’s knowing that my time is limited so I must see as many sights as possible within the day. Hence, we decided not to view the insides of the Palace and stayed outside, and moved on quickly to other London spots. Besides, if you want to make the most out of each palace or museums you get into, it’s better to give them at least half a day each. You’ll also save money by buying bundles of entrance tickets.
King William III
Entrance to the inside of the Palace for the public
Since this is a very photo-heavy post with multiple shots on the same spot, I’d like to turn this into a Ron Wears post, if you don’t mind!
Copper strappy top, What a Girl Wants pleated skirt, Mango pointed flats, H&M denim jacket, New Look bag.