The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will live in Kensington Palace when they are in London, palace officials announced last weekend. And, more details are coming to light about both the palace apartment and the timing of the move.
If reports ring true, Will and Kate plan to move from Clarence House and into their temporary Kensington Palace haven fairly soon:
“They will move in at some point in June or July. A number of options for longer term solutions are still being considered,” says a St. James’s palace spokesman.
Sources say they will live in a “modest” suite of rooms, compared to their neighbors, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who occupy a five-bedroom, five-reception room apartment.
Other neighbors of the royal couple will include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
The apartment for Will and Kate is undergoing some slight changes before their arrival:
“…a ‘minimal’ programme of refurbishment has been undertaken in recent weeks to make it more comfortable but that original fixtures, such as in the kitchen, have not been changed,” says the Mail.
“It is not yet clear how much this works programme will cost the public purse, but sources insisted it was ‘modest’.”
The rooms chosen for Will and Kate have not been occupied (in recent memory) by any senior royal, says the Mail. Instead, the rooms have been used only by palace staff.
And, no, as second in line to the throne Wills won’t have to pay rent!