Kensington Palace is a Royal residence set in Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century.
Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace and was remained fond of her home here throughout her long life. Nowadays one can visit the bedroom where she was woken to be told she would be Queen. In 1898, on her 80th birthday, she opened the Palace to the public.
Today it is the official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Kensington Palace is also used on an unofficial basis by Prince Harry, as well as his cousin Zara Phillips.
It was the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales (until her death in 1997), of Princess Margaret (until her death in 2002) and of Princess Alice (until her death in 2004).
The Palace is now divided into two halves – the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces; whereas the offices and private accommodation areas of the Palace remain the responsibility of the Royal Household.
For nearly twenty years I have carried out colour- and paint-related work in the palace. Papers and Paints has supplied paint to both the public and private sides of the palace.
See also my work on the Orangery.
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