Princess Diana was the key to bringing more & modern style & # 39; to Kensington Palace and transforming the building of a & # 39; royal residence & # 39; in a & # 39; family home & # 39; her two young sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, say a historian.
Tracy Borman Palace, 47, joint chief curator revealed how the late royal & # 39; instrumental & # 39; was in the process of converting the opulent apartment, once inhabited by a George I mistress, into a & # 39; practical & # 39; home after her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.
The London-based author and historian, who appeared in the latest installment of World & # 39; s Greatest Palaces, told how the & # 39; informal & # 39; approach to Diana's decor & # 39; unusual & # 39; was for a royal.
Although she was not specific about the changes Diana made, Tracy said the mother of two was determined to create a & # 39; comfortable environment & # 39; for her sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Diana, the princess of Wales, pictured at home in Kensington Palace in 1985: the late royal family is credited with making the palace a more family-friendly environment
The deceased royal woman chose a & # 39; informal & # 39; approach because they have a & # 39; comfortable environment & # 39; wanted for her children, Prince William (left) and Prince Harry
She said: & # 39; It was very rich and Diana played a major role in decorating and modernizing.
& # 39; Diana's style was perhaps more informal than usual for a royal palace. She wanted it to be a practical family home, as well as a royal residence.
& # 39; So although she was married to the heir to the throne, she wanted a comfortable environment to raise their two young sons.
& # 39; You get the feeling that it was very much a house, not just a palace while Diana was there. & # 39;
Diana died in August 1997 after a car accident in Paris and Kensington Palace remained a concern for her many admirers.
More than a million dedicated fans gathered at the gates to mourn the princess and continue to mark the anniversary of her death by gathering in her former home.
Historian Professor Kate Williams also explained why the royal family loved the house in London, and admitted that it gave her more independence than she could find in any other royal residence.
Historian and co-chief curator of Kensington Palace Tracy Borman, 47, from London, detailed the royal's effect on the palace in the latest installment of Yesterday Channel & # 39; s Greatest Palaces
Professor Kate Williams explained why Diana was so fond of Kensigton Palace and explained that it gave her more privacy and independence than other royal sites
She told how Diana often & # 39; incognito & # 39; would slip away with her two children and take them to the movies or fast food restaurants, and would often shop at different locations on Kensington High Street.
Kate said: & she loved it, it was her favorite palace. It was very convenient to go to Kensington High Street and she often went shopping herself.
& # 39; She used to take the boys incognito to the fast food restaurants and to the cinema, so you could just stand out. & # 39;
One of the most cherished places in the palace was the Sunken Garden, where her son Prince Harry, 35, announced his engagement to his wife Meghan Markle, 38, in 2017.
Prince Harry, 35, announced his engagement with his wife Meghan Markle, 38, in 2017 at the Sunken Garden in the palace, which was one of his mother's favorite places
Estates Operations Manager in the palace, Graham Dillamore, told how he would often see Diana in the garden and see her admire the flowers of the garden.
He said: & I remember seeing Princess Margret walking around in this garden and more recently I remember the days of the Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. & # 39;
He said: & She would often speak to me in this garden and we shared many moments in this garden.
Landings Operations Manager at the palace, Graham Dillamore told how he often bumped into Diana when she admired the flowers
The garden manager told how Diana would always stop and chat and revealed that he and the queen often & # 39; moments & # 39; would share
& # 39; She often admired the flowers and the work we did. & # 39;
Just two years ago, Prince Harry and Prince William, 37, paid tribute to their mother at the gates of the palace on the 20th anniversary of her death in 2017 – after a memorial visit to the Sunken Garden.
The couple took a moment to read the cards and banners attached to the gates of the palace in the same way that they did more than two decades ago after their mother's death.
The palace now has an exhibition in honor of the royal, entitled & # 39; Diana: Designing for a Princess & # 39; with pieces from Diana's wardrobe next to sketches made for her during the design process.
Prince William and Prince Harry with their father Prince Charles at the gates of Kensington Palace a week after the death of Diana in 1997
An 1987 evening dress by Catherine Walker, once owned by the Princess of Wales, on display at Kensington Palace – shown by textile curators Libby Thompson (left) and Beatrice Farmer (right)
Currently, an evening dress from 1987 is shown by one of the most trusted designers of the princess, Catherine Walker, accompanied by sketches by designer David Sassoon.
Staff member Giorgio Carosa said about the exhibition: & # 39; We had two or three hours of queue at the height of the exhibition just to enter the rooms here.
& # 39; It really showed us how far Diana has touched people's lives and how many people will remember the dresses, where they were when they saw them, where they were when Diana herself died.
& # 39; So it's really nice for us to show these dresses. & # 39;
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