Kensington Palace London, England

Best known as the birthplace and home of Queen Victoria, this stately palace with extensive gardens has hosted many British monarchs since William and Mary bought it in 1689.

Quick Facts

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250145
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Kensington Palace
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Timeline

1605
Construction of Kensington Palace
Jul 1689
William and Mary buy Nottingham House from the Earl of Nottingham for £20,000 and hire Sir Christopher Wren to transform it into Kensington Palace.
8 Mar 1702
King William III dies at Kensington Palace following a riding accident at Hampton Court.
1734
A delegation of Cherokee Indians visit King George II and Queen Caroline at Kensington Palace.
24 May 1819
Birth of Victoria, future queen
20 Jun 1837
Victoria Becomes Queen
24 May 1899
The state apartments at Kensington Palace in London open to the public.
7 Sep 1997
Funeral procession of Princess Diana