Kensington Palace, one of six venues run by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed 300 guests to the launch event of the Kensington Palace Pavilion.

Situated on the palace lawns, the space overlooks the sunken garden and will be available to host a number of events for three years while The Orangery is closed for planned conservation work.

On the morning of the launch, a partnership with London and Partners and Eurostar saw ten event planners arrive from Paris, who were then taken to the Tower of London to begin their private tour, they were later hosted by the Historic Royal Palaces team as the evening’s launch commenced.

Guests arrived on the night through the Orangery gate and were greeted by costumed actors dressed as Henry VIII, Charles I and Queen Victoria, before entering the first of the Pavilion’s two spaces to enjoy a drinks reception.

Guests enjoyed canapes from By Word of Mouth, the event catering specialist, before they were called for dinner by two fanfare trumpeters, moving into the second Pavilion space to commence a two-course dinner.

Alex Donnelly-Palmer, events and operations manager at Kensington Palace, commented: “It was a truly spectacular evening celebrating the launch of the Kensington Palace Pavilion. The event perfectly showcased the versatility of the Pavilion and how it can be transformed for extravagant events, while incorporating the storied history and traditions of Kensington Palace.

“Following the closure of the Orangery for vital conservation work, we are delighted to be able to offer this one of a kind venue for exclusive and memorable events, whether a gala dinner, evening reception or product launch.”

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