The story of Kensington Palace



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Discover a fascinating new chronicle of the world famous Kensington Palace. An official royal residence and tourist destination.

The Story of Kensington Palace present the many stories that make up the palace's extraordinary history, from its beginnings as a Jacobean villa to the present day. Features over 200 illustrations, all accompanied by informative captions.

  • Written by Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.
  • Paperback book, 160 pages.

Explore the story of Kensington Palace, from its beginnings to the current day. Formerly a private house which was enlarged in the late 17th century to suit the needs of William and Mary. It was subsequently the favoured home of five sovereigns until the death of George II in 1760. In the early 1800s it was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. From the late 19th century onwards, the palace became a visitor attraction and a museum - attracting over 600,000 visitors a year now.

In this illustrated account, Tracy Borman tells the fascinating story of Kensington from private residence to modern-day royal palace. The story not only covers the magnificent building and stunning gardens, it also tells us of the dramas and intrigues of life in the royal court. The story of Kensington Palace is, in short, the story of the modern monarchy.

  • Published in association with Historic Royal Palaces.
  • Paperback book.


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