The elegant home to generations of stylish royal women: where Queen Victoria was born and raised; Queens Mary, Anne and Caroline held court; and the royal style-icons Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales lived in the 20th century.
The feminine influence of generations of royal women has shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens. The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria, the palace first became a royal residence for William and Mary in 1689. Mary felt ‘shut in’ at Whitehall and much preferred her new Kensington home, which was enlarged by Sir Christopher Wren. The famous Orangery, was built in 1704 by Queen Anne, and George II’s wife, Queen Caroline, another keen gardener,
added further improvements. Today, the palace houses a stunning permanent display of fashionable and formal dresses, the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes Queen Victoria’s wedding dress and dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX, United Kingdom