Kensington Palace royalty come out to greet commoners

by Bruce Kasanoff on November 8, 2011

What do you do when events conspire against your organization, and business as usual becomes impossible? Go way out of your comfort zone, and try something completely different.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that cares for London’s Kensington Palace as well as the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, and Kew Palace. They began a £12 million major renovation project at Kensington Palace that required shutting all areas but the State Apartments – and for removing most of the furniture from the Apartments.

Sounds bleak, eh? A tour of a smaller number of empty rooms? The reality is just the opposite.

Artist Chris Levine created a series of unique light works, called Echoes, which combine with historical clues and thought-provoking questions to make visitors feel as though they are truly inhabiting the same space as royalty.

By waving my phone through the air, I took the above photo in the Palace, and it gives you a hint of what the experience is like. You can’t look directly at any of of the seven princesses who once lived at the palace – Mary, Anne, Caroline, Charlotte, Victoria, Margaret and Diana – but you see them in your peripheral vision as you turn.

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