Kate and Wills finally have a Palace address
Kensington Palace has been more of a construction site than a royal home for several years.
Nevertheless, there’s a brand new pair of tenants under its rather expansive roof this week -– the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Kate and William have officially moved into a small two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment within the palace’s walls following some reno work to update the electrical wiring and deal with some asbestos.
They stayed there a few nights last week, but the palace admits the couple is destined to move into larger quarters at some point, likely when the prospect of children looms. Thanks to his status as second in line to the throne, they will not have to pay rent.
Until now, Will and Kate had been sharing space at Clarence House when in London, home to his father Charles, Camilla and Prince Harry. The newlyweds also have a rented farmhouse in Anglesey, Wales, where they spend most of their time while William works as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.
Kensington Palace is a familiar base for William, who spent much of his childhood there. Apartments 8 and 9 were combined in 1981 to create a home base for Princess Diana and Prince Charles following their wedding. It continued to be Diana’s London address until her death in 1996 when the apartments were turned into offices.
Kate and William will have several royal neighbours at the Palace: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. All are in the employ of the Queen.
Kensington Palace has been undergoing a $18.5 million renovation to update the apartments and enhance the public spaces, which will include state rooms to house clothing collections of Diana and the late Princess Margaret.
Photo gallery: Renewing Kensington Palace
PASS THE POPCORN
Saturday night at the movies had an added attraction for Cineworld patrons in Llandudno Junction, Wales.
Right there at the ticket window was none other than William and Kate, who travelled 50 kilometres from their Anglesey base to catch a flick.
The couple took in the comedy ‘Bridesmaids.’ The word is that they had their own drinks, but shared the bag of popcorn.