August 12, 2014

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace - home to the modern-day royals. After our long day with Vic, we decided to take it easy and visit this brick beauty.
I've told y'all a million times, my mom and I are obsessed with the British monarchy, so visiting Kensington Palace was high on our list of things to do. We especially love Princess Diana, and being able to visit her home and stand at the gate where flowers were piled after her death was a moving experience. We also enjoyed the tour of the state rooms, which was one of the better palace tours that we did in my opinion. And we may or may not have totally cleared out the gift shop...

After the palace we wanted to see the Diana Memorial, so we wandered through Kensington Gardens, stopping at the Prince Albert Memorial on our way. I have to say though, my mom and I were incredibly unimpressed with the Diana Memorial. I didn't even take a picture of it. It's basically a large circular water feature. There are signs posted clearly stating to not let children play in the fountain, but everyone is welcome to sit on the edge and dip their feet in the water. It also states to remain quiet as people visit the fountain for different reasons, and we all need to be respectful of others. But no one was there to enforce the rules, and children were running half-naked through the fountain with their parents allowing them to hoot and holler to their hearts content. For such a beloved woman, I would have expected something a little more heartfelt and honorable. This memorial doesn't do the Queen of Hearts justice; no memorial dedicated to her does honestly. There is a memorial playground, which should be solely dedicated to the children Diana loved so much, so that adults can also have a place to honor her memory. But that's just my opinion...

Anyway, enough of my soapbox. After being underwhelmed by the Diana Memorial, we kept walking through Hyde Park enjoying the beautiful weather and being able to relax. It really was a pleasant day, and I have tons of mementos that I brought home (from that gift shop we may or may not have raided) that are currently scattered throughout my apartment.

The Prince Albert Memorial - very big, very grand, and very in-your-face. After touring Kensington Palace, I loved happening upon this giant memorial. Very heartwarming story between Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. It might have made me tear up a little.

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