Hear ye, hear ye: The Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge – better known as Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George – have moved into the newly renovated Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.[find-an-apartment]
Formerly occupied by Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, Apartment 1A is pretty impressive. We know, we know – you’re dying to see pictures, and so are we. Sadly for us, the royal couple has yet to allow photographers into their new home, but from what we hear, it has some notable features. Some of them include:
2. It’s equipped with a state-of-the-art security system, with a panic room disguised as a regular room of the apartment and video cameras all over the place. We hope they never need it, but you can’t be too careful.
3. Will and Kate share the master bedroom, but they have separate bathrooms. (With 10 to choose from, why not?)
4. It has a Persian rug worth about $50,000, on loan from the royal treasure chest, and several other antiques procured from London shops. Rumor has it Kate was out shopping for furniture when she was pregnant and asked for discounts. Even princesses love a good deal!
There are some less pricey items on display as well, including two faux-fur rugs from a department store that cost about $130 each.
5. Several of its features are original, including the ornate mouldings.
6. It’s tastefully decorated in earthy, neutral colors. You didn’t think Kate would pick out something gaudy, did you?
We’re happy for them, even though this can hardly be described as an apartment. No apartment we’ve ever seen is quite this … palatial. But what else would you expect from a place fit for a king?
The royal couple will soon throw a huge housewarming party, where Bon Jovi will perform in the royal gardens. We’d love to go (and surely we’re invited, right?) but tickets cost around 5,000 pounds apiece – too rich for our blood. Proceeds will go to Centrepoint, a charity that aids the homeless.
How would you decorate Apartment 1A?
Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons / Colin Smith, Flickr / UK_repsome