The birthday of Alexandrina Victoria who later became Queen Victoria and the ruler of half the world.
Kensington Palace started out as a country house bought by King William III and Queen Mary II in the 17th century. William was asthmatic and the bad air at Whitehall Palace so close to the river was taking it toll on his health. In the 17th century, Kensington was a small village in the country with plenty of fresh air.
Today this beautiful palace, set in the green expanse of Kensington Gardens, is part museum and part family home for members of the Royal Family, especially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who have recently moved back in with their children as well as Prince Harry. Both Prince William and Prince Harry grew up at Kensington Palace with with their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
This year there is a special exhibition on Diana: Her Fashion Story to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of her death.
Please note that the entry fee is not included in the guiding fee