Tuesday, July 19, 2011

William and Kate move into a 'modest' Kensington Palace flat

By Rebecca English

Will the Prince carry Kate over the threshold? The Royal couple finally move in to their starter home

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally moved into Kensington Palace, their first official royal residence as a married couple.

They have chosen to embark on married life in a ‘modest’ apartment in the palace where William once lived with his late mother.

Although their home boasts one of the most exclusive postcodes in the country, it is a fraction of the size of the five-bedroom, five-reception-room suite occupied by new neighbours, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

And when the couple got the builders in to add a few basic mod-cons, they discovered the place was riddled with asbestos and had wiring so archaic that it was considered too dangerous to inhabit.

Until now, William and Kate have used the Clarence House apartment that the prince shared with his brother, Prince Harry, when in London.

But senior royal sources confirmed the Cambridges had moved all their furniture into the renovated Palace apartment and stayed there for a couple of nights last week.

Home sweet home: Kensington Palace, where the couple have moved into an apartment

Aides stress the move is only a temporary measure because the apartment is considered too small for long-term use – including bringing up a family.

The couple, both 29, consider their rented farmhouse on the island of Anglesey as their main home.

Like all senior royals, William and Kate will not be charged rent for their flat.


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