Inside Kensington Palace: Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 20-room apartment

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 tourists visit the Royal Jacobean mansion by the thousands every year. Unsurprisingly, the private quarters of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Apartment 1A, are closed to the general public. But what does it look like on the inside?

Although their private quarters are referred to as “apartments,” royal experts said the accommodation was anything but small.

Speaking on the Royal Beat podcast, Christopher Warwick said: “All of these royal residences in Kensington Palace are called apartments, which of course immediately makes people think that these are apartments like the American term for a flat.

“They’re not. If you think of Kensington Place, it’s built around three courtyards.

“If you sort of think of them as those wonderful red brick terraced houses. Because they are all joined, but separate houses. “

He added: “It’s not a small house.”

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Meanwhile, royal author Ingrid Seward commented: “It’s huge … and it’s like a piece of campaign in London.”

Apartment 1A has twenty rooms, including five reception rooms, three main bedrooms – including two master bedrooms on the ground floor and dressing rooms for him and her, as well as two separate nurseries – one for daytime games and one for sleep.

When it comes to decorating the royal children’s bedrooms, Kate admitted that the family chose IKEA furniture.

In 2018 Kate told IKEA design director Marcus Engman that she chose to decorate Prince George’s bedroom with IKEA furniture and it was later revealed that Princess Charlotte’s bedroom had the same. processing.

The kitchen, which is the heart of the house, has been renovated to Kate and William’s taste.

As for where the royal staff stay, they have their separate quarters with nine additional bedrooms and two kitchens.

Kate William and Prince William have made Kensington Palace their 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 expand and improve the house.

According to the royal family, Kensington Palace was the preferred residence of successive rulers until the death of George II in 1760.

Queen Victoria was born and raised in the palace and news of her accession to the throne in 1837 was brought to her 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 considered the primary residence of the British monarchy.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana raised Prince William and Prince Harry in Apartment 8 at Kensington Palace.

William and Kate’s immediate neighbors are reported to include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in Apartment 1.

Apartment 10 is owned by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent while The Duke and Duchess of Kent live in Wren House.

Dora W. Clawson