Kate Middleton News: Kate And William’s Kensington Palace Reno Reveal
Kate Middleton and Prince William are moving to Kensington Palace to be closer to the center of royal duties.

Kate Middleton News: Kate And William’s Kensington Palace Reno Reveal

Kate Middleton and Prince William are moving to Kensington Palace in the fall, and according to the Mirror, the couple has already spent millions of dollars readying Apartment 1A in the historic building for the big move.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are moving to London to be closer to the center of royal operations.
Kate Middleton and Prince William are doing extensive renovations to Kensington Palace. [Image by Oli Scarff/Getty Images]

Since their 2011 marriage, Kate and William have made a home for their growing family at Anmer Hall, their estate in Nottinghamshire. Middleton has preferred to use Apartment 1A only as a place to stay while on royal duty in London.

Now that the aging Queen Elizabeth is slowly stepping back from some royal duties, Prince William and Kate are taking on more tasks for the Queen. Middleton and William need to be close to the center of activity in their luxury apartment in London.

Kate Middleton and Prince William will carry out more royal duties for Queen Elizabeth this year.
Kate Middleton will be increasing her royal duties this year. [Image by Adrian Dennis – WPA Pool /Getty Images]

The enormous 23-room apartment would be considered fit for a king by most people, but the young Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw plenty of changes necessary before they’d be willing to trade in the peace and space at Anmer Hall for a busy London establishment.

Middleton is deeply concerned about Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s safety and privacy, and William is focused on making sure there’s plenty of room for their staff and planning facilities.

After the extensive renovations already carried out on the apartment, which used to be Princess Diana’s London base, Middleton and Prince William have decided to add an “enormous underground extension” to their city home.

The Daily Mail writes that Middleton and Prince William’s plans for the three-story extension, with two of the new floors underground, include “space for flunkeys and finery” to “free up the palace suites for the Royal Family.”

“The addition of a basement storey is required to allow for the accommodation of administration which must necessarily be moved out of rooms leased from the Royal Household in Kensington Palace.”

There will be room for 100 members Cambridge household staff as well as staff for other royals like Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, who all have homes on the grounds.

Prince Harry lives nearby Kate Middleton and Prince William's London home.
Prince Harry joined Kate Middleton and Prince William at their palace apartment to host the Obamas. [Image by Amanda Lucidon/The White House via Getty Images]

One of the staff members will be Kate Middleton’s new private secretary. Middleton’s secretary of five years, Rebecca Deacon, left the Duchess’ service recently in preparation for her marriage to fiance, Adam Priestley.

There’s no news yet on who Deacon’s replacement will be, but it’s to be hoped that Kate’s new assistant doesn’t mind working underground!

The 165ft-long mega-basement isn’t completely new; until now a smaller part of the proposed addition has been used as a restaurant for guests visiting Kensington Palace. Kate and William’s new block will be dug next to the Kensington Palace Orangery, with its classical architecture, top-notch restaurant, and long royal history.

According to the Orangery’s website, Queen Anne used the space set amidst Kensington Palace’s formal gardens for her “sophisticated court entertainment.” Kate Middleton will probably want to hold some kind of event in the heritage space too.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are renovating their new home.
The formal gardens near Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new home by the Kensington Palace Orangery. [Image by Oli Scarff/Getty Images]

As a center of royal diplomacy, Kensington Palace hosts official visitors and their entourages from all over the world. Kate and William invited former President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the First Lady, Michelle Obama for a visit to their apartment in the palace.

Kate Middleton and Prince William will act as hosts to many world leaders in their new home.
Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry hosted the Obamas at Kensington Palace. [Image by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images]

The Obamas ate dinner with Kate and Prince William in their private rooms, but tourists come all over the world to visit the palace and love to eat at the Orangery. The restaurant will be maintained as part of the new basement addition if the renovation is approved by Council.

That’s right, even though William and Kate will eventually become King and Queen of England, they still have to ask planning permission to make the changes.

The Kensington Palace neighborhood has experienced a “huge outcry about the disruption” caused by similar expansions in the area. The outsized basement renos can add significant space and functionality to a home, but they are “technically restricted” by regulations intended to protect the ambiance of the wealthy neighborhood as well as the integrity of the heritage buildings and grounds.

According to the Evening Standard, Kate and Prince William have a good chance of success with their proposal since “it is a believed an exception could be made for the Royal Family.”

Do you think Kate Middleton will enjoy her new life or will Middleton want to go back to Anmer Hall?

[Featured Image by Oli Scarff/Getty Image]

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