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I think it would've been fine, if there was somewhere cool we could go into on a regular basis with air conditioning. Honestly, the heat that day was very reminiscent of Florida, albeit with a little less humidity.
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Your flowers are gorgeous! I do not have a green thumb in any way, shape, or form so I don't even try to have flowers. I don't think I'd enjoy riding on a train where you aren't guaranteed a seat.
Unfortunately, that's the way of the world around this part of the UK. Thankfully, for longer journeys elsewhere in the country, they do seat reservations.

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Love your flowers!

The heat does seem like it is going to be a factor this day. Glad you were able to snag a seat on the train.
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Your flowers are so beautiful and especially the begonias! They're obviously well cared for. That French group of kids was a bit of a nuisance but glad you didn't encounter them anymore! Can't believe how hot it was on the train and especially that early!
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I honestly don't know what I'm doing to them this year. I've watered them obviously, but nothing more than that. I haven't fed them, which I'm sure my parents would say I'm supposed to do. We've just concluded they like where they are.

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Saturday 14 July – part three: enjoying the splendour of a London palace

We made our way over to Kensington Palace and it’s quite a stunning place…







Kensington Palace was originally a small and suburban villa called Nottingham House, but it was changed completely in 1689 when King William III and Queen Mary II chose it to be their country retreat. Yes, you read that right – country retreat. It’s now right in the middle of London, albeit surrounded by Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, but were it not for those, you would have houses, shops and goodness knows what else right around it.

Many monarchs based themselves here and transformed the palace into a fashionable home for Britain’s young Royal families. Queen Victoria spent her childhood here (more to come about her time here) and more recently Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales have lived here. Today it’s home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children and now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. By the way, for those of you still not used to their new titles (I’m getting there ) that’s Harry and Meghan.

The first section of the palace that we saw took us back to the heyday of the palace. Although we would be going back in time to the late 17th century, you start off in the Georgian era of the early 18th century. King George I commissioned architect William Kent and his most lasting achievement was his painted interiors. Look at these on the King’s Staircase. It features life-size characters from the King’s court.










The first room we headed into was the presence chamber. This was where King George II received all his visitors ranging from ambassadors to ordinary people.




Next we headed into the privy chamber…




My favourite was the cupola room, which was used more for entertaining than official business. And how about this for name dropping? Apparently the composer Handel dedicated compositions to them and taught music to the King and Queen’s children.








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The palace is stunning inside! We’ve only seen the outside, and the gardens. We did have tea at the Orangery there during our first trip to London.
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Kensington Palace is quite amazing and love the murals and paintings on the ceiling in the foyer. So far the various rooms you've visited have great decor and theming and are quite stunning. Do you expect anything less from the British Royal Family?
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Well, there is that. We are known for things like that after all....
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No, in truth, neither can I. Mind you, I guess if you're born into a family and that's all you know, you just take it for granted.
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Saturday 14 July – part four: our new place, so long as you win the lottery…

Next at Kensington Palace we moved into the King’s drawing room…





The council chamber was the political heart of the palace, but there was nothing to see in here in terms of the room itself. It did have some interesting displays though…



This gown was a mantau and every woman at court would wear one. The wide petticoat was a show of status, as most people could not afford large quantities of material. The flat surface allowed other courtiers to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of the silk.

Our final stop for this part of the palace was the King’s gallery, and as you’d expect, was the most stunning of these rooms. This room was used for lavish evening entertainments, but as you can see from all the portraits on the wall, it was designed to show off some of the amazing portraits in the Royal collection.











I posted a selfie from in here on Facebook and jokingly said it would be our new place to live, provided we won the lottery although, in truth, as Mark said, you’d probably need to win a few lotteries to actually be able to afford it!



Then we headed back in time and into the era of King William III and Queen Mary II. Now, for those of you wondering, they ruled as joint monarchs. Why? Well, as many of these things are, it was down to religion. William invaded England, supported by a group of influential British religious and political leaders, as they wanted King James II out, as he was Catholic, whereas William was Protestant. It was known as the “Glorious Revolution”. James was deposed and William and Mary became joint sovereigns in his place. He continued to rule after her death in 1694.

Anyway, William and Mary were tired of the pollution in the city and the long travel time to Hampton Court (still the same problems today ), so they decided to find a home that would give them easy access to Parliament.

They originally commissioned Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to carry out the work they needed doing at the palace, but the Queen decided to take charge of the project and ended up really being in charge, hurrying the work along.

Once they moved in at the end of 1689, they threw a series of magnificent balls over the course of the next few years, but sadly Mary died from smallpox in 1694 and William lost his enthusiasm for such grand entertainment.

Anyway, that’s enough of the history. Let’s enjoy the rooms. This was the Queen’s drawing room…



… and her bedroom…




… and dining room:




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I didn’t realize that the two ruled at the same time how interesting.
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