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June 6, 2012 / Stephanie Vermillion

Kensington Palace keeps the Jubilee spirit soaring

Kensington Palace, London

There’s no better way to check out the royal Kensington Palace than with eyes still awestruck from an unbelievable, perfect Diamond Jubilee weekend. Not only did my Palace trip transplant me smack dab into a Philippa Gregory book (a sensation I’ll touch on later), but it also flawlessly wrapped up a historical English weekend while also further intriguing my newfound obsession with the royal family.

First and foremost, a little history about the beautiful Kensington Palace. It’s conveniently located in Kensington Gardens (a quick walk from our flat) and has become a routine destination point for my running. Many royal residents have lived in the palace since the 1600s, including Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, and, most recently, the beloved Will and Kate.

During our tour, we visited the Princess Diana exhibit, the Queen’s state apartments, and the King’s state apartments (where we felt transported into a Gregory book as the tour uses whispers on a speaker system to create a sense of you being among the royal court gossip). Also, in spirit of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, we spent extensive time in the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee exhibit.

Instead of bogging you down with details from the entire tour (I could, believe me), I’ll highlight my two favorite: the Princess Diana, and the Diamond Jubilee exhibits.

It’s fitting that Princess Diana’s exhibit highlights her beauty and undeniably great sense of style, as she was a fashion icon for not just England but the entire world.

Princess Diana herself in this beautiful gown, Kensington Palace

Princess Diana’s exhibit: beautiful gowns, Kensington Palace

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 After learning about the royal pageantry culture by living it during the Jubilee this past weekend, it was interesting to actually read about its history and tradition at Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee exhibit. In addition to reading, the visuals also made us feel as if we were actually at the first-ever Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897.

Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations (archives), Kensington Palace

Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations (archives), Kensington Palace

Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations (archives), Kensington Palace

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