History Kensington Palace has been a royal home for over three centuries. It was originally Nottingham House, a small house in London until William and Mary decided it would be the perfect spot for an easy commute to Parliament without the smog at Whitehall. They refurbished and extended the building and moved in on Christmas Eve 1689. The palace's most famous royal resident was Queen Victoria. She was baptised in the Cupola Room. She lived here until she became queen in 1837 and her statue (sculpted by her daughter Louise) still resides in the gardens. In more recent royal history, Princess Margaret lived at Kensington Palace with her husband Lord Snowdon and afterwards the Prince and Princess of Wales, who raised Princes William and Harry here. Now, the palace remains the residence of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.