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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is now re-open after a £12million, two year transformation project. As well as new landscaped gardens, a new cafe and two new shops, there are four new routes to explore, plus a new ‘performance’ and displays in the State Apartments. Expect something different from the usual heritage experience.

Highlights include:
The King’s State Apartments
Explore this sumptuous set of rooms, each grander than the last.
The Queen’s State Apartments
Explore these cosy, private rooms that were once used by Queen Mary II for relaxation.
Victoria Revealed
A new permanent exhibition exploring the life and reign of one of the palace’s most famous residents - Queen Victoria - in her own words.
Luminous Lace
This amazing light piece at the centre of the palace is made from almost 4 km of electroluminescent wire and contains nearly 12,000 Swarovski crystals.
The Gardens
Don’t miss the new wiggly walk or the dramatic East front where Princess Louise’s statue of her mother, Queen Victoria, is seated looking out over the park.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

These visits to Kensington Palace include the special exhibition 'Diana: Her Fashion Story".

The exhibition will bring together an extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the Eighties, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s working wardrobe in the Nineties. The Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers will also be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process.

Highlights from the show are said to include the pink Emanuel blouse Diana wore for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and the Victor Edelstein velvet gown which she wore at the White House when she famously danced with John Travolta.

The royal residence will also see the gardens transformed, as an additional element of the exhibition, which will mark 20 years since her tragic death. The temporary White Garden will feature "flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style", including tulips, narcisii, forget-me-nots, English white roses, ornamental grasses, Cosmos daisies and billows of graceful Gaura.

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