Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Fascinating facts about Kensington Palace and its royal residents

Everyone knows that the Queen Elizabeth lives in the extravagant Buckingham Palace, but Kensington Palace is where the real action is!For centuries  it's been home for the senior royals


.The sprawling estate has many different apartments where every one from Queen Victoria to Princess Diana have resided.Needless to say, the palace is a hotbed of royal intrigue.

Kensington Palace began its life as a modest villa, located a couple of miles from the center of London.

In the late 1600s, King William III was looking for a new home. His previous abode, Whitehall Palace, was damp and caused his asthma to act up.

He found a spot he liked and hired royal architect Sir Christopher Wren to expand it into the grand estate we now know as Kensington Palace. Diana’s former butler released a book revealing the private life of Princess Diana and her family. He claimed that Diana used to have him sneak her lovers into Kensington Palace for her by hiding them in the boot of his car.

The gates of Kensington Palace are always well guarded by paparazzi, so getting anyone in or out of the palace secretly would require some planning.

 The gates would later become a point of mourning for Diana after her death. When she was tragically killed in a car crash, the grounds were flooded with an estimated 60 million flowers brought by mourners.

There is quite a bit of dark history associated with Kensington Palace. In his tell-all memoir, her butler also shared that Princess Diana buried the body of her friend’s stillborn baby in the garden.

It’s rumored that Kensington Palace is a hotbed of paranormal activity. The nursery in Prince William and Kate’s apartment is said to be one of the most haunted spots. 

It’s also alleged that the ghost of King George II haunts the King’s Gallery, where he is said to have uttered his last words: “Why won’t they come?”

 Queen Victoria was born in the dining room at Kensington Palace! This strange location was chosen as it’s closer to the kitchen in case they needed hot water.

J.M. Barrie, the author of the ‘Peter Pan’ stories, wrote a book called ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.’ He commissioned a sculptor to create a bronze statue of Peter Pan and install it in the gardens of Kensington Palace without permission!

 Kensington Palace has continued to influence art in modern times. At the 2020 Oscars, Billy Porter wore an incredible gown inspired by Kensington Palace.

 Parts of Kensington Palace are open to the public for visits. Members of the public can buy tickets to visit the State Apartments and see where Queen Victoria grew up.                               

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