Kate Middleton & Prince William's 'enormous' Kensington Palace apartment has 20 rooms including a gym & luggage room
KATE Middleton and Prince William’s swanky Kensington Palace apartment is said to be “enormous” with “20 rooms from the basement to the attic”, royal experts have claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live in Apartment 1A when staying in London with Prince George, seven, Prince Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
But despite being called an “apartment”, royal experts have said the royal dwelling is anything but small.
Speaking on True Royalty's Royal Beat, British royal author Christopher Warwick said: “It has 20 rooms from the basement to the attic, it is not a small house.
“All of these royal residences at Kensington Palace are called apartments, which of course makes people immediately think they are flats like the American term for an apartment.
“They are not. If you think of Kensington Place in a way it is built around three courtyards.
“If you kind of think of them as being these wonderful red brick terrace houses. Because they are all joined, but separate houses.”
Meanwhile, royal author Ingrid Seward said: “It's enormous… and it's like a piece of countryside in London.”
Apartment 1A is spread over four floors and takes up half the Clock Tower wing designed by Sir Christopher Wren for King William and Queen Mary.
The Cambridges have five reception rooms, three main bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, as well as his-and-hers dressing rooms.
Perfect for George, Charlotte and Louis, there is a day nursery for the youngsters, and a night nursery for them to sleep in.
Of course the family has lots of staff at their beck and call, and there are nine bedrooms for employees on the top floor, which can be reached by a lift.
Meanwhile, in the basement there is a gym, laundry room and space for luggage.
Kate and William spent £170,000 of their own money on their kitchen, which is the heart of the home and where they like to host close friends and make messy treats with the kids.
And if they want to welcome important guests, the couple has an impressive entrance hall with black and white flagstones.
Guests are shown to one of the two drawing rooms – one of which features a grand piano and cream sofas.
Two guests which will have had the royal welcome were former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.
We got a sneak peek inside Apartment 1A during the visit, with photos taken inside the drawing room.
When Prince George was born in 2013, Kate and William were living in the cosy two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, where Meghan and Harry are currently living.
As renovations were taking place at the palace, they moved to Kate’s parents’ Berkshire home for a peaceful start to George’s upbringing.
These are the subtle signs Kate Middleton is ramping up royal training for when she becomes Queen.
In more Royal Family news, Meghan Markle was announced as a surprise guest in Michelle Obama’s campaign to get people voting.
And Meghan Markle had "unrealistic expectations" of a "busy" Kate Middleton & "took things personally," an insider has claimed.
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