Happy Hallowe’en, everyone!
This weekend one Royal Poster was lucky to join one of Kensington Palace’s first ‘Eerie Evening Tours of Enchanted Palace’. There are four tours scheduled on each night between Friday Oct 28th and Monday October 31st this year. This was the first time they’ve done these tours but it may become a regular feature in the future, this time of year. Tickets sold out quickly, and if you are planning on visiting London next fall, we highly recommend this tour!
The tour stated at 6:45, after we were met in the dark by guides with torches at the side gate. We started in Apartment 1A, in what used to be Lord Snowdon’s study (Lord Snowdon married Princess Margaret in 1960; they were divorced in 1978), which now has some of his pictures of Princess Margaret on the walls, including the one below.
Stories were expertly told by the guides of past occupants, including princess, Kings and Queens, and their tragedies. There were a lot of stories of palace staff members seeing ghosts, including that of Peter the Wild, a feral child who was taken in by King George I, who has been seen running up the King’s staircase.
Another memorable tale was that of Princess Sophia, daughter of George III, who had a tragic life and has been seen in her old apartment, 1A, by staff. When Princess Margaret was asked about the rumours of the hauntings at Kensington Palace she famously said, ‘There is only one princess who lives at this house and that’s me‘.
There was, respectfully, no mention of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who lived in the Palace from 1981 until her death. Princes William and Harry spend their early years living in the palace (Charles and Diana had apartments 8 and 9). Here’s a picture of them there, below:
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge live on the Kensington Palace grounds in a cottage. (Please stay tuned for our post on the cottage coming shortly.) Other current inhabitants of Kensington Palace are Prince and Princess Micheal of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
On that note, here’s a picture of Kate and Pippa Middleton on October 31, 2007, dressed up for Halloween celebrations at Mahiki nightclub in London. Kate appears to be a witch while Pippa got into the spirit of Halloween colours