I have been to Kensington Palace a few times and on each visit, I am struck by the atmosphere of intimacy in this small palace. You can imagine royal family life being lived there. This atmosphere may be the reason that members of the current royal family still live in apartments that are part of the palace complex.
Queen Anne moved into the Queen’s quarters and completed the work William and Mary had begun. This resulted in the section of the palace known as the Queen's Apartments, with the Queen's Entrance, and a private staircase which was constructed with shallow steps so that Anne could walk gracefully down the stairs to her beloved Dutch garden.
Queen Anne also focused on building the Orangery and enhancing the Formal Gardens
Upon ascending to the throne in 1714, King George I spent lavishly on new royal apartments at Kensington Palace. The core of the old Nottingham House, which still survived at the heart of the palace, was replaced by three new state rooms, the Cupola Room, the Privy Chamber and the Withdrawing Room. In 1722, he hired William Kent to decorate the state rooms, which he did with elaborately painted trompe l’oeil ceilings and walls.
The walls of the grand King's Staircase were painted by William Kent as a vivid recreation of George I’s court.
The largest and longest of the state apartments at Kensington Palace, the King's Gallery looks pretty much as it was when decorated for King George I in 1727.
One of those minor royals was Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III, who was allocated two floors of rooms in the south-east corner of the palace, below the State Apartments. Since the rooms had been unused since the death of George II, they were very dilapidated, so the Duke had several renovations done to make his family comfortable.
Unfortunately after Victoria left Kensington, many years of disuse and neglect allowed the palace to fall into decay. It was only Queen Victoria's love for the palace in which she had grown up that saved it. In 1898, the queen is reported to have said that ‘while she lived, the palace in which she was born should not be destroyed'. The State Apartments were opened to the public on Queen Victoria's 80th birthday, 24 May 1899, beginning the palace’s new dual life as a museum and a royal residence.