This summer, we are thrilled to be working as ambassadors for Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). An independent charity, HRP look after The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens; ensuring that these iconic pieces of British history are preserved and enjoyed. Over the coming months, we’ll be making the most of our Historic Royal Palaces Membership (starting at just £52 a year), with unlimited access to all six palaces, regular discounts, access to member-only events and early entry to exhibitions. A summer of royal treatment, it seems, awaits. Kensington Palace: A Brief History Our ambassadorship with Historic Royal Palaces begins with a visit to Kensington Palace and a celebration: the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The two, of course, are linked. It was in this red-bricked palace, hidden beneath the leafy shade of West London, that Queen Victoria lived her young life: growing up surrounded by the Palace’s sunken gardens and tree-lined Serpentine Lake. It was here that she laid eyes on her beloved Prince Albert for the first time and where, one warm summer’s morning, she was declared Queen of England. Equally as important, of course, it was […]

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