Saturday, June 27, 2015

London, 2015: Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, 
are one of the Royal Parks of London, lying immediately to the west of Hyde Park. 
It is shared between 
the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 
lying within western central London. 
The park covers an area of 111 hectares. 

The most famous attraction in Kensington Gardens is without a doubt Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana and the birthplace of Queen Victoria. 
The red brick palace was originally built in 1605 as a mansion by the Earl of Nottingham. 
It became a palace in 1689 when it was bought by King William III. 
Today the palace is still a royal residence - prince William and Kate Middleton live here.

In front of the Kensington Palace is a marble statue of a young Queen Victoria, created by her own daughter, Princess Louise, and unveiled in 1893 in the presence of the queen.

Just east of Kensington Palace you'll find the sunken garden, 
a beautiful garden created in 1909 and based on a Tudor garden in Hampton Court.

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