I've been to London many times, but never visited Kensington until this year. It's a very underwhelming building relative to many other London sites, and the surrounding park is extremely unkempt, but the age and history of the palace is not to be missed. Although the presentation of the palace and the history are very much dressed up for visitors, there is a terrific history lesson hidden in the "explainers" placed throughout the building. This visit combined with reading a well-written book about the down and dirty of the monarchy will teach you much more than you ever learned in school. The gold gates where the Princess Di memorial flowers were placed after her death are shockingly small but nice to see. If you exit to the west by the private part of the palace where William & Kate live, you may catch a glimpse of a royal - in our case, it was the royal dog trotting around doing his business!
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