Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace - photograph


This is a plain brick building, of no particular style or period. It was originally Nottingham House, of which the lower portion of the present north wing is part, and which was bought for 20,000 by William III. William and Mary, Queen Anne, and George II. all died here. George III. preferred St. James's Palace and Buckingham House; but in 1819 Kensington Palace was the dwelling of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and consequently the birthplace of Queen Victoria, who spent here most of the days of her childhood. It was here, very early in the morning of June 20, 1837, that the young Princess received intelligence of the death of William IV. and her  accession to the throne, and that at eleven o'clock the same day she met her first Privy Council. The Palace has since been used by various members of the Royal Family