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In 1689 King William III bought Kensigton Palace, which was known as Notting House until then, and commissioned Sir Christopher Wrenn (St Paul's Cathedral) with the extension of the building. The Palace stayed a popular residence until 1760 when King George II died and it was also here were a young Queen Victoria found out about her accession to the throne in 1837. The palace is still a private residence to some members of the Royal Family, but the State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection are open to the public. The State Apartments include the King's and Queen's Apartments and the Victorian Rooms where the bedroom of Queen Victoria can be seen. The Ceremonial Dress Collection displays a presentation of royal, court and ceremonial dresses dating from the 18th century to the present day. Also to be seen are a dressmakers workroom and a tailor's shop. Only part of the Palace is accessible for wheelchair users, please refer to the website for more information.To avoid disappointment, please note that the former apartments of the late Princess of Wales and Prince Charles are not open for public. Opening times: 1 March - 31 October, daily 10.00 - 18.00 1 November - 28 February, daily 10.00-17.00 Underground : High Street Kensington (Circle/District Line) Queens Way (Central Line) Bus: 70, 94, 148, 390 (Bayswater Road) 9,10, 49, 52,70 (Kensington High Street)