KATE MIDDLETON and Prince William reside in Kensington Palace for most of the time, but what does it look like inside? Kate Middleton and Prince William call Kensington Palace their home and share the address with their three children. Part of the palace, however, is open to the public and tourist’s visit the royal’s Jacobean mansion in their thousands every year.
Unsurprisingly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s private quarters, Apartment 1A are off-limits to the general public. But what does it look like inside? Despite their private quarters being called an “apartment”, royal experts have said the dwelling is anything but small.
Speaking on the Royal Beat podcast, Christopher Warwick said: “All of these royal residences at Kensington Palace are called apartments, which of course makes people immediately think they are flats like the American term for an apartment. “They are not. If you think of Kensington Place in a way it is built around three courtyards.
“If you kind of think of them as being these wonderful red brick terrace houses. Because they are all joined, but separate houses.”He added: “It is not a small house.” Meanwhile, royal author Ingrid Seward commented: “It’s enormous… and it’s like a piece of countryside in London.”
Apartment 1A has twenty rooms, including five reception rooms, three master bedrooms – including two main floor master suites and his-and-hers dressing rooms, along with two separate nurseries – one for daytime play and one for sleep. In terms of how the royal children’s bedrooms are decorated, Kate admitted the family chose IKEA furniture.
In 2018 Kate told IKEA’s Head of Design, Marcus Engman, that she had chosen to dec out Prince George’s room with IKEA furniture and it was later revealed Princess Charlotte’s room had the same treatment. The kitchen, which is the heart of the home, was renovated to Kate and William’s taste.It was reported the royal couple spent £170,000 of their own money refurbing the kitchen.
The Cambridge’s also have an impressive entrance hall with black and white flagstones. And guests are shown to one of the two drawing rooms – one of which features a grand piano and cream sofas. This room was where they welcomed former US President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle. Meanwhile, in the basement, there is a gym, laundry room and space for luggage.
The Cambridge’s also have their walled garden to enjoy, but no one visiting the public areas of Kensington Palace can see into the garden as someone recently revealed there is frosted glass on the windows that look out to the garden. As for where the royal staff stay, they have their separate quarters with an additional nine bedrooms and two kitchens. Kate William and Prince William have called Kensington Palace home since 2013.
But it was William III who bought the Jacobean mansion, originally known as Nottingham House, in 1689 from his Secretary of State, the Earl of Nottingham. After purchasing the property, he commissioned Christopher Wren – best known for buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral – to extend and improve the house.
According to the Royal Family, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns, which was up until the death of George II in 1760. Queen Victoria was born and brought up in the Palace and news of her accession to the throne in 1837 was brought to her there by the Lord Chamberlain and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
However, despite expectations, she would rule from Kensington Palace, she almost immediately moved to Buckingham Palace and never stayed there again. Since Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace has been seen as the primary residence of the British monarchy. Prince Charles and Princess Diana raised Prince William and Prince Harry in Kensington Palace’s Apartment 8. According to reports, William and Kate’s next-door neighbours include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in Apartment 1. Apartment 10 belongs to Prince and Princess Michael of Kent while the Duke and Duchess of Kent live at Wren House.