Monday, 6 June 2011

Cambridges' New Home

The Daily Telegraph reports today that TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus, are to make Kensington Palace their London home.

TRH are expected to move there imminently, before their first official royal engagement, a tour of Canada and California later this month.

The royal couple have chosen rooms that have been unoccupied for some time and needed refurbishing and redecorating, including sorting out problems with asbestos.

The move there will be temporary, a spokesman for St James’s Palace said, with TRH understood to want a larger home in the capital for the long term. They intend to move out in about a year.

It is understood that Prince William did not specifically ask to move to Kensington Palace because of his and his mother’s ties there, but it was the only royal residence that had space available.

When they want a longer-term property, they will look at what space is available at all the other royal palaces. The spokesman said: 

“A number of options for longer-term solutions are still being considered.

“The couple’s main home will continue to be their house on Anglesey, and their household office will continue to be based at St James’s Palace. The property in question at Kensington Palace into which the couple are temporarily moving is small.

“While it more than suffices for occasional visits to London for now, and the royal couple are very grateful for it, the Duke and Duchess are considering options for a more permanent official London residence. No suitable properties are currently available.”

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