Hyde Park is London’s great oasis. People come to walk their dogs, ride their horses, sit on the benches, watch the birds, walk around, run around, ski around, ride their bike around, smell the flowers, listen to the birds – and to Fish! Hyde Park came to be in 1536 when Henry VIII took the land from Westminster Abbey to use it as his private hunting grounds. Hyde Park was opened to the public in 1637 and has been immensely popular ever since.
There are wild animals apart from birds in Hyde Park, and these guys are not hunted anymore…
Kensington Palace has a number of apartments in it and it is the current home of, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate as well as William’s brother prince Harry. Both William and Harry grew up in the palace as it was the home of their parents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Diana Princess of Wales. After their parents divorced Kensington palace continued to be the home of their mother, the beloved princess Diana, until her death in 1997.
The fisherman has cast far out towards a small island in the Serpentine lake. It looks like he might have a bite
The inscription reads: “ANNE ANDREWS WHO ENJOYED VISITING THE GARDENS”. We have not been able to find any information on memorial benches in the Royal parks, however donated memorial benches can currently be installed in the City of Westminster owned parks, more info here.