Kensington Palace Gardens: Inside the 242 acres originally just for ‘respectably dressed’

Mary commissioned a palace backyard of formal flower beds and box hedges. This type was Dutch and developed to make William, who arrived from Holland, experience at home.

The diarist, John Evelyn, explained the gardens as “very delicious”.

When Queen Anne came to the throne in 1702, she established an English-fashion backyard garden.

From 1728, Queen Caroline commenced to completely transform the 242 acres of Kensington Gardens into the park royal enthusiasts know now.

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