Kensington Palace is well known for its structure, ideal interiors, the world over necessary collections, and, in fact, its royal citizens. This lavish e-book completely explores Kensington’s bodily good looks and its historical past, offering new subject matter drawn from files, newspapers, private letters, pictures, and cautious research of the development itself. At the start a trendy Jacobean villa, Kensington was once dramatically rebuilt in 1689 through Christopher Wren for the newly topped monarchs, William III and Mary II. The palace turned into the popular London house of 5 sovereigns, but additionally survived fires, partial cave in, bombings, and classes of overlook. Queen Victoria identified the nationwide importance of her birthplace and early life house, turning the palace into her personal memorial in addition to a house for participants of her prolonged circle of relatives and their descendants. With over 450 illustrations, together with particularly commissioned reconstructions and ancient plans, this extent explores the private tastes and models of the British monarchy over the process 300 years and offers perception into the twentieth- and twenty first-century royal circle of relatives’s family lifestyles.