Cambridge Homes

Cambridge Homes: Kensington Palace

Cambridge Homes: Kensington Palace

Welcome back to my new series: Cambridge Homes! Last time we took a look at beautiful country and weekend residence of The Cambridge Family, Anmer Hall. Today we will look at their official and full-time residence, Kensington Palace. I hope you all enjoy! (P.S, We are on Royal baby Watch! Click here for live updates!)

When they first got married, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived in Nottingham Cottage when they were in London. Since they were mostly in Anglesey they didn’t need a bigger space. However, in November 2011 it was announced that they would be moving to Apartment 1A in the main Kensington Palace.

The Building 

Apartment 1A is a four story house with twenty rooms inside. It reportedly has two nurseries (soon to be three) and three kitchens. Two of the kitchens is used by staff and the other kitchen is used by The Duchess herself as she revealed she loves cooking for her family.

Kensington Palace Apartment 1A

Although we don’t have lots of pictures of the interior of their home, in 2016 we were offered a rare glimpse when the then President and First Lady of the United States made a visit.

I’m not an expert but I absolutely love the interior decor. It has a very natural and soft color palette.

 Kensington Palace Apartment 1A

 Kensington Palace Apartment 1A

Kensington Palace Apartment 1A

Princess Maragaret lived here after her marriage until her death in 2002. If you look at the interior design in the below picture, you can tell how much time has really changed as I absolutely hate the heavy blue.

Kensington Palace Apartment 1A (Princess Margaret)

Kensington Palace Apartment 1A

After Princess Margaret died, no one lived in the apartment and it was sometimes used for different things. When William and Kate decided to live there, it had to undergo massive renovations as it was considered uninhabitable with no electricity,plumbing, or Wi-Fi.

These are pictures taken by tourists years ago before renovations started. Anyone else wish they had the opportunity to see that?!

 Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s Apartment 1A garden

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s Apartment 1A  foyer

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s Apartment 1A  kitchen.

Currently living at Kensington Palace are: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Apt. 1A), Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle (NottCott), The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (Apt. 1), The Duke and Duchess of Kent (Wren House), Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (Apartment 10), and Princess Eugenie may soon join them and will live in Ivy Cottage.

The History

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in  London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century.
Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, a nonprofit organisation that does not receive public funds. The offices and private accommodation areas of the Palace remain the responsibility of the Royal Household and are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section. The palace also displays many paintings and other objects from the Royal Collection 

The Cambridge Connection

As I’ve mentioned, Kensington Palace was only the Cambridges London home until August of last year. Prince William’s contract ended in Norfolk and he decided he wouldn’t renew it. Instead, him and Kate became full-time royals and have obviously stepped up since then. London isn’t as quiet as Norfolk but the Cambridges seem to love it there!

There are also parks in London but George and Charlotte don’t get as much privacy.

 George and Charlotte at the park

 George and Charlotte at the park

George and Charlotte at the park

Kate has also always loved her walks in Kensington Gardens whether it was with her friend or brother she seems to enjoy them!

 Kate walking in Kensington Gardens with her friend in 2013 while pregnant with George

 Kate walking in Kensington Gardens with her brother James in 2012

 Kate walking in Kensington Gardens with George in 2013

 Kate walking in Kensington Gardens with George in 2014

Kate walking in Kensington Gardens with George and Charlotte in 2016

What seems to be one of Prince George’ favorite parts being of London is seeing his relatives leave on helicopters…

 George and Charlotte watch a helicopter carrying Princess Anne

 George watching a helicopter carrying Prince Harry

George, Charlotte, and Kate waving off William in a helicopter

Except when it’s carrying his mummy and daddy…

 A tearful George saying goodbye to his mummy and daddy as they leave for work

A tearful George saying goodbye to his mummy and daddy as they leave for work

In London, George is going to school 5-days a week from around 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at St. Thomas’s Battersea.

 Prince George on his first day of school

Prince George’s school

Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte is attending Willcocks Nursery School 5 days a week for 3 hours a day.

 Princess Charlotte on her first day of nursery school

Princess Charlotte’s Nursery

Baby Cambridge 3.0 will spend more time in London and Kensington than his/her siblings did when they were first born as I don’t see them going to Anmer Hall after he/she is born. They will most likely stay in London. But I hope this little family enjoys adjusting to life as 5 at Kensington Palace Apartment 1A!


-Apartment 8&9

Prince William and Prince Harry grew up in Apartment 8&9 which was the home of Diana and Charles up until their divorce. Charles moved out after the divorce but Diana lived their until her death in 1997. 

Prince William and Prince Harry in Apartment 8&9

These apartments are now used as William, Kate, and Harry’s personal offices. They hold meeting and events here all the time. It is quite convenient since it is right across the street from their Apartment 1A.

 Kate in Apartment 8&9

 William in Apartment 8&9

William and Kate in the courtyard of Apartment 8&9

-Nottingham Cottage

Nottingham Cottage was William and Kate’s first London home together. They lived there when they were in London from 2011 to the end of 2013.

Nott Cott

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle now live here.

That is all for the second part of this series! I hope you all enjoyed it and I will be back with Part 3 soon! Remember: We are on Royal Baby Watch! Click right here to see live updates on anything and everything for The Great Kate Wait! Also, remember to follow me on Instagram for faster updates (@teatimewiththecambridges)!

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