The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an inner London borough of Royal borough status, to the west of the centre. The borough was formed in 1965 from the former boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. Kensington's Royal Borough status was inherited by the new borough. It covers an area of 4.68 square miles. As the smallest borough in London and also the second smallest district in England, this urban area is one of the most densely populated within the United Kingdom.
In line with estimates in the middle of 2014, the borough includes a permanent population of around 156190 individuals.
The borough is immediately to the west of the City of Westminster and to the east of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It contains significant museums and universities in Albertopolis, department stores including Harrods, Peter Jones and Harvey Nichols, and embassies in Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Kensington Gardens. It is home to the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest. It contains a lot of the most expensive residential districts in London and even in the world, as well as districts with high levels of social housing and poverty. The local authority is Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council. The borough's motto is Quam Bonum in Unum Habitare, which may be roughly translated as 'How good to dwell in unity'.