Oh, dear. Yesterday was just one kerfuffle after another. I'd promised you a "Treat of the Week" on Wednesday, but one of the many kerfuffles was a loss of electricity. And, so, I will be giving you this week's "Treat of the Week" tomorrow as part of the usual Punch-filled day of fun. After all, Mr. Punch does love a good treat, and this week's, I'm sure, would suit him nicely.
In the meantime, I thought we'd take a look at Kensington Palace...
Nestled elegantly in Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England, Kensington Palace has been the home to many members of the Royal family for over three hundred years.
Most recently, the palace has served as the primary residence of the late Diana, Princess of Wales as well as her children, Princes William and Harry, and the late Princess Margaret. Presently, the palace is the comfortably, yet lavish, home of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Since for the last century, the palace has been the residence of many a female member of the Royal family, Edward VIII referred to Kensington as “The Aunt Heap.” He was really quite unpleasant, I think.
Sir Christopher Wren expanded the house considerably, re-orienting it to face West, changing the floor plan, adding ornate staircases and galleries, and altering the gardens to make it a more fitting residence for the King. The house was renamed “Kensington House” and still had not achieved palatial status.
By 1718, King George I had begun to occupy the house which had attained the status of palace. He spent a small fortune in redecorating the Royal apartments and commissioned William Kent to create lavish frescoes and murals for the state rooms.
|George I's Interior, 1722|
In the 1980’s a newly married Prince Charles and Princess Diana made the palace their residence and it remained Diana’s home after divorcing Charles. Today, it still houses members of the Royal Family, but also serves as a museum and opens its state rooms to the public. Kensington Palace is often the location for special exhibitions hosted by the Historic Royal Palaces Charity—such as the current exhibit of Royal wedding gowns. Last year, the palace was transformed into "The Enchanted Palace" as part of a special display of Royal artifacts.
Historic Royal Palaces which features a rather nifty bit of animation.