The couple are due to take up residence in a refurbished Apartment 1a at Kensington Palace next summer.
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Moving house with a newborn, as many a parent knows, is not ideal, but it could be the prospect facing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple are due to take up residence in a refurbished Apartment 1a at Kensington Palace next summer – around the same time the duchess is expecting to produce a future king or queen.
Naturally, being senior royals, any stress will be alleviated by squadrons of helpers. But once installed the couple must decide how to live their daily lives: surrounded by butlers, dressers, cooks and cleaners, or more akin to the simpler life they have so far enjoyed.
At present, while William serves as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot in north Wales, the couple rent a remote farmhouse on Anglesey where his wife can occasionally be found browsing the aisles of the local Waitrose, security detail in tow. The couple do their own cooking and washing.
In central London they have the use of a cottage situated in the north of Kensington Palace grounds, with no live-in staff, but there is a part-time housekeeper.
In the summer they are due to move into the 21-room apartment which was the home of Princess Margaret.
“KP”, as the late Diana, Princess of Wales called it, or “the aunt heap”, as the Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII, referred to it in a nod to its reputation as the home for hard-up royal relations, has undergone extensive refurbishment. Originally built as Nottingham House, it became a palace in 1689, when William of Orange bought it, and was improved and extended by Christopher Wren
Apartment 1A, which at one stage Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon jazzed up with an of-its-time pink, turquoise and orange colour scheme, has been gutted and is being completely refitted. Its 21 rooms include a drawing room, staff quarters and a nursery. Royal aides only splutter “no comment” when asked if William and Kate intend to employ a nanny. Aides stress it is too early to say what staff the couple will eventually employ.
Tradition dictates that, at the very least, there will be a full-time housekeeper. Perhaps even a butler. His ‘n’ hers dressers will also be de rigueur.
Joining them at Kensington Palace will be their official private office staff, currently housed alongside the Prince of Wales’s office in St James’s Palace. More than a dozen staff, to be known as the Household Office of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, will transfer to Kensington Palace in stages.
Financed by Prince Charles and led by Miguel Head, promoted from press secretary to William’s private secretary, the team recently acquired Ed Perkins, 37, as press secretary, poaching him from “granny” (the Queen). He was deputy press secretary at Buckingham Palace. The duchess recently promoted personal assistant Rebecca Deacon to be her private secretary.
Much depends on William’s plans. He is due to finish his term of duty with RAF search and rescue next summer. He may then continue working with the military in a different capacity – perhaps returning to the Household Cavalry, from which he is on secondment.
Or he could take up full-time royal duties. If so, it is likely their retinue of staff may grow in proportion to the size of their royal engagements diary.
Whether the royal couple will have the freedom to wheel a pram down Kensington High Street remains to be seen.
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