William and Kate to get new Kensington Palace DigsHave you ever visited Kensington Palace in London? I have, and it’s an awesome place. I visited there with commenter Leona about 15 years ago, and we arrived just 15 minutes after Princess Diana had left on vacation. Darn!
However, we did get to tour the rambling palace, which is where William and Kate currently live when they’re in London. Apparently their current digs aren’t swanky enough, because The Prince of Wales’ office announced today that William and Kate will be moving into a different apartment in the palace, one last used by the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret. This apartment is not in great shape currently and won’t be ready for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (as they’re accurately known) until mid 2013. It takes time to rid old spaces of asbestos and update the heating and wiring, you know – seriously, if you’ve traveled to Europe, you know that in spite of the grandeur, much of the living conditions are pretty WWII-era — even for royals.
What I remember of Kensington Palace: it’s very large. It’s made up of many royal residences, not just a couple. I saw Princess Diana’s wedding dress on display there, as well as several restored royal apartments. We toured the bedroom where Princess Victoria was when she was notified that her father had died and she had therefore become Queen. Many of the more minor royals live in the upper floors.
The palace is surrounded by a huge park, with tons of trees. You probably remember seeing the grounds frequently in the week following Princess Diana’s death: she lived there at the time, and they were covered with flowers.
William and Kate’s offices will be located in Kensington Palace, and Prince Harry’s as well. It should be fun to watch the news as the renovation progresses.
Any fun Kensington Palace facts or anecdotes out there?