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Why did Prince Edward made reference to Kensington Palace as "the aunt heap"?

Prince Edward (late duke of Windsor) referred to Kensington Palace as "the aunt heap." 

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  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    It was because of the various relatives that inhabited the palace. Many relatives had been aunts, and the palace earned that nickname during Victoria's reign. By the time Edward said this, Kensington was home to many cousins. more than aunts.

    https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/history-a...

    The 'Aunt Heap'After Victoria left for Buckingham Palace, Kensington took on a new quiet life as a royal ‘dormitory’. It was home to several minor members of the royal family.As well as her eccentric uncle, the Duke of Sussex, Queen Victoria lodged two of her daughters here - Princess Beatrice and Princess Louise, a talented sculptor.Louise designed the iconic statue of Queen Victoria on the West Front and it was unveiled in 1893 to celebrate Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.In 1899, Victoria opened the State Apartments to the public. This pattern of continued through the 1900s as parts of the palace remained open to the public while members of the royal family and loyal staff occupied the numerous private apartments.As the royal inhabitants aged, the palace became known as the ‘Aunt Heap’.

  • Lili
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    It wasn't really the 'aunt heap' by the time he said that (did he say it?), but it had once been the place where various, sometimes distant relatives of the royals lived. And both Princess Marina of Kent and Princess Margaret lived there. They were his aunts, though Marina was dead by the time the current Prince Edward was 4.

    I think the meaning of the term was pretty obvious.  It was also a play on "ant heap," called an "ant hill" in the US.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    This was Edward Prince of Wales, rather than the Earl of Wessex.  In the 1920s and 30s it was home to a lot of sundry minor royal relations, or their dowagers. One notable resident had been his Great Aunt Beatrice, the widowed youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, as well as his aunt by marriage, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who outlived him by nearly a decade.

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