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An investigation has been launched after a body was found impaled near Kensington Palace Getty

A corpse has been found impaled on railings next to a West London church near the official home of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Police were called to Kensington Church Walk, in Kensington, at 6.39am after the discovery of the body.

The man, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedics.

"Unfortunately a man was dead at the scene," a LAS spokesperson said.

Kensington Church Walk
The body was found on railing along Kensington Church Walk Google Maps
Kensington Church Walk
Kensington Church Walk Google Maps

The path along which the body was discovered lies next to St Mary Abbots church and is just a few hundred metres from Kensington Palace, the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Other members of the Royal family who live at the palace include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The path leads onto the exclusive Holland Street in Kensington, where the average house sell for £2m.

A Met Police spokesman said: "There is nothing at this very early stage to indicate that the death is suspicious.

"Officers are at the scene and their enquires continue."

The body remains at the scene.