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Renovation work on Kensington Palace apartments is complete

Created: 21/07/2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Harry have completed renovations at Kensington Palace Apartments, the former residence of Princess Diana and the childhood family home for the two brothers.

Renovation work took two years to complete with amendments to the layout of the apartments so that the young trio can have a permanent and professional nerve centre for their charitable and business operations. As they have expanded the size of rooms, this will make way for employing more staff as the trio are set to take on more of the Queen’s official charitable duties.

The trio, especially the brothers, wanted to keep the memory of Diana alive within Kensington Palace walls when planning the renovation work, as the princess was an advocate for charities with projects covering the globe.

There are two new reception rooms, which were once the TV room and drawing room overlooking the rose garden, and these will now be used for meetings and also to entertain guests. The suite that the three had chosen to reserve for their formal business duties is one of many luxurious suites that contain an extravagant fireplace and a polished wooden floor.

Kensington Palace has been the residence of the Royal family since 1689 when King William III and Queen Mary II bought Nottingham House for £22,000. Subsequently, Christopher Wren, who was also the architect behind the design of St Paul’s Cathedral, remodelled the premises into a palace.

As Prince George starts school in 2017, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be looking to make Kensington Palace their full-time home after spending £4.5 million on the renovation work with help from local handyman services. The royal couple and their family will be moving into the palace after spending the past three years at Anmer Hall, hidden in the countryside of Sandringham Estate.  

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