The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (perhaps better known to us as Prince William and Kate) are to have an official London residence in Kensington Palace. They will set up their London home in the next few weeks. However, their main home will remain on Anglesey where Prince William works as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.
The couple will have an apartment in Kensington Palace to use when they are in mainland UK for official engagements or Royal Family Occasions.
For Prince William, moving in to Kensington Palace will mean a return to the later childhood home he had with Prince Harry and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, after she and William’s father, Prince Charles, separated and later divorced. He lived their until his mother’s unexpected death in a Paris car crash.
However, Prince William will not move back into exactly the same apartment. It will just be part of the same large Kensington Palace.
At the moment, when newlyweds William and Kate are in London, they share an apartment at Clarence House with Prince Harry. That is no longer thought to be appropriate as the couple want their own space.
A St James’ Palace spokesman said, “We can confirm that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official London residence will temporarily become a property at Kensington Palace.”
Several longer term options for an official residence for William and Kate are being discussed. However, for now, the couple’s main home will remain their rented farmhouse on Anglesey and their official London residence will be apartments in Kensington Palace.