The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, commonly called Prince William and Kate Middleton here in the states, have settled on a permanent home in Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace. Kensington Palace previously hosted Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, and his aunt, Princess Margaret within its walls. The apartment that William and Kate will inhabit was actually the home of Princess Margaret until her death in 2002.
The Daily Mail reports that the royal couple will take possession of the apartment in 2012 after the current occupants, Historic Royal Palaces, host a previously scheduled exhibit in the unit. Renovations, including electrical, plumbing, and decorative upgrades, will take place after the apartment is vacated. The Duke and Duchess should settle in around the middle of 2013, over two years after their wedding. The total cost of the upgrades to the 20-room, four-story apartment are projected to hit the Â£1?million mark.
The couple now lives on the grounds of Kensington Palace in a two-bedroom unit named Nottingham Cottage when they aren't residing at Anglesey where Prince William works as a RAF rescue pilot. The cottage will pass to Prince Harry when WillKat vacates the premises.
Kensington Palace would likely be the final residence for the couple until Prince William ascends the throne. Given that Queen Elizabeth shows no signs of slowing down and that Prince Charles is the next in line, Will and Kate may end up living in 1A for decades. The 20-room apartment and its private garden should offer them plenty of space and freedom for growing a family and enjoying as much domestic bliss as possible before an even larger range of public duties begins to claim more of their time.