06/20/2011

Birthday boy Prince William is all business

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Prince William will stick to his day job at RAF Valley on his birthday, while wife Kate figures out new ways to spruce up their new Kensington Palace home.

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Prince William turns 29 Tuesday, but there will be little time to celebrate. It’s business as usual for the Duke of Cambridge, which in his case means co-piloting a Sea King helicopter for the RAF’s search and rescue team in Anglesey, Wales.

And with rainy weather forecast for the area most of the week, it is expected the gang at RAF Valley will have their hands full with hiking accidents. St. James’s Palace was quick to point out there is no special privilege for Prince William just because it’s his birthday: “It’s a normal working week for the Duke.”

But not so for his wife Catherine. The Duchess is taking multi-tasking to heart as prepares to pack for her 12-day trip to Canada and California while setting up a new home in Kensington Palace.

The couple has chosen a four-bedroom cottage on the Palace grounds which will serve as their London headquarters. A farmhouse in Anglesey is home when William is on duty with the RAF. While the official move into Kensington won’t happen until after they return from North America on July 12, there has already been plenty of activity around their new digs.

“Kate had little say in her marital home. But the only time she’s put her foot down was when it came to interior design,” a friend of Kate’s told the Daily Mirror. “Kate has a keen eye for contemporary, effortlessly cool styling and was adamant she and William would make their home feel like a home – not a formal residence.”

Job No. 1 has been to make sure the palace doesn’t smell like a, well, palace. Kate has reportedly ordered scented candles and a supply of fragrances sent to the residence.

 

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