The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an inner London borough of Royal borough status, towards the west of the centre. The borough was created 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 as well as the second smallest district in England, this urban area is among the most densely populated in the UK.
According to estimates in the middle of 2014, the borough has a permanent population of roughly 156190 individuals.
The borough is immediately towards the west of the City of Westminster and to the east of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It contains key museums and universities in Albertopolis, department stores such as 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 includes many of the most highly-priced residential districts in London and even in the world, in addition to 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 is often roughly translated as 'How good to dwell in unity'.