Kensington Palace, London

I had been to London, when I was young. I was not interested in some big famous sightseeing spots of London. And I decided to visit the Kensington palace, where I have not been to.

When I arrived at Kensington Garden at 9:00, a lot of high schoolers gathered there.DSC08385  Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in the heart of KensingtonGardens and tucked away from the bustle of the high street in London. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. And the palace is also known as the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901).

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria, this elegant 17th-century palace lies in the heart of Kensington, surrounded by gardens and tucked away from the bustle of the high street.

I entered the Palace at 10:30. Here are some floor maps of the Palace.

Kensington Palace  floor map G and 1st.

Kensington Palace floor map G and 1st.

Kensington Palace floor map 2nd.

Kensington Palace floor map 2nd.

The Stone Hall 

This luminous lace light sculpture, adorned with Swarovski crystals, is in the Stone Hall at the entrance of the palace and was inspired by the Royal Dress Collection.

Designer dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, have been unveiled at an exhibition preview at Kensington Palace.

Diana, Princess of Wales Black silk taffeta gown by Emanuel worn on Diana's first official engagement in 1981  A cocktail dress designed by Gianni Versace worn by Princess Diana at the Apollo 13 film premiere in London in 1995

 The south-west wing of Kensington Palace was constructed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1689 to create a ceremonial approach to the King’s Grand Staircase and State Apartments (both open to the public). Some of the upper rooms of the apartment were then occupied by important officers of state and courtiers, such as the Lord Chamberlain and Lord Steward

Stone Stairs

                 Classic traditional dolls displayed on the handrail of the staircase. DSC08401-2 DSC08402-2 DSC08405-2DSC08398-2 DSC08399-2 DSC08400-2DSC08403-2 DSC08420-2 DSC08421-2

I went through the starecase up to the first floor.

The Cupola Room

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The first royal commission for William Kent. The object in the centre was bought in 1743 by George II’s daughter-in-law and is an artwork, clock and music box that plays Handel. This is the room in which Queen Victoria was christened in 1819.

King’s Apartments

King’s Apartments with several paintings and other works of art from the Royal Collection.DSC08417DSC08419The King’s Gallery. Built for William III, it was finished in 1700. It was transformed with red damask in 1725 by William Kent for George I. Most of the pictures are 16th-and 17th-century Italian, including Tintoretto’s Esther before Ahasuerus.

Queen’s Gallery, which Queen Mary II filled with her large collection of caged birds.
Queen Mary II decided to build a gallery of her own when her husband William III was away on campaign. The gallery was the first sitting room, designed to be an intimate space where the Queen and her maids could hold recreational activities.
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Display of Queen’s Gallery, Queen Victoria was enjoying with these toys in her childhood.

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Display of Queen's Gallery

Display of Queen's Gallery

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The visit of the Kensington palace was very interesting. After this I had lunch at an adjacent restaurant “Orangery”.DSC08451File:Kensington Palace Orangery1.jpg

That restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, and the waiters are in a polite manner. Besides, the price of the dishes is low.

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