Kensington Palace and the Sunken Garden, South Kensington & Knightsbridge, London

Photographs of Kensington Palace including the Sunken Garden



  • Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since the 17th century and is currently the official London residence of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.


  • Kensington Palace was originally a Jacobean mansion before it was purchased by the 1st Earl of Nottinham and turned into what was known as Nottingham House.


  • King William & Queen Mary who had assumed the throne as joint monarchs in 1689, began looking for a residence in London and bought Nottingham House from the 1st Earl of Nottingham.


  • Sir Christopher Wren (Surveyor of the King's Works) was asked by King William & Queen Mary to expand the house but was told to do the job quickly and cheaply which is why it was built of brick rather than stone and this is predominently what you see of the palace today.


  • Statue of Queen Victoria designed by her daughter Princess Louise, this stands at the eastern-side of the palace grounds.


  • Statue of William III (William of Orange), stands on the south lawn of the palace.



Photographs include the:



  • Kensington Palace



  • Sunken Garden



  • Statue of Queen Victoria



  • Statue of King William III



  • Cradle Walk (Sunken Garden)

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