Queen Victoria was born and grew up in Kensington Palace. Set in Kensington Gardens, the palace was built in the 17th century in what was then Kensington Village. It was the favoured residence of royalty until the death of George IIin 1760, after which it was reserved for minor royals, such as Queen Victoria. She grew up in the strict
company of her mother, who imposed rigid rules known as the ‘Kensington System’ which allowed the young Victoria no freedoms and kept her away from court. The State Rooms of the palace are open to the public, although its various apartments are still used as a royal residence today, among others by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.