Kensington Palace

Project: Kensington Palace
Location: London

Historical Background

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century.

Kensington Palace began as a simple two-story Jacobean mansion in 1605, which was later expanded by Sir Christopher Wren. Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces.

The Project

In 1623, writing from Madrid, Charles I directed that a payment of £500 should be made for a set of tapestries representing the Twelve Months of the year from the Mortlake Tapestry Factory. Eight of these tapestries currently remain in the Royal Collection, and in 2012 a number were taken down from the Privy Chamber where they hung, to undergo conservation. Zardi & Zardi were comissioned to produce reproductions to hang during the years that the originals were being repaired. 

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