William and Kate currently divide their time between Anglesey and their two bedroom home, Nottingham cottage, located in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Kensington was also thought to be a temporary choice for the young couple as the space was insufficient. After much thought and consideration the couple have decided Kensington is the palace where they want their family home. The Queen has intervened to enable the couple to live in Princess Margaret's former apartment 1A. In the 1960's the apartment was a hotspot for celebrities such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. World famous bands would visit the drawing room to visit 'hip' royals, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.
Over £1 million will be spent refurbishing the apartment which has been mostly vacant since Princess Margaret's death in 2002. The apartment includes a study, drawing room, dining room, exstensive staff quarters and a nursery. Renovations will not be complete until mid 2013. By the time the couple move in I'm sure it will be a perfect family home. I'm not at all surprised they are choosing Kensington, Diana's former home was always going to have a special place in William's heart. Prince Harry is reportedly eager to move from Clarence House to Kensington also. A source said
"William and Kate visited apartment 1A and loved it. Kate particularly adored the private walled garden because she loves gardening, and she just thought the house has so much potential. She also liked the fact it was so close to Kensington high street".
It is never an easy task shopping for your in laws but when your grandmother in law is the Queen it's certainly daunting..... This Christmas Duchess Kate is reportedly planning to give her majesty homemade of strawberry jam and plum conserve. Kate was spotted buying jars in Wilkinson and is quite talented in the kitchen. The Queen has always favoured handmade gifts over extravagance and will no doubt be pleased with Kate's efforts. In preparation for Christmas the Duchess is also practising her new signature as 'Catherine' and choosing which photo to use for the first 'William and Kate' Christmas card.
Kate has also been spending quality time with her father in law, Prince Charles. The pair have been enjoying cultured evenings out making a series of visits to the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Gardens, As an art history graduate Kate is obviously enjoying their trips to watch ballet and opera productions. The Duchess is keen to become a patron of the arts and Prince Charles is helping her become as informed as possible. A Royal Opera House source said
"The Duchess of Cambridge and The Prince of Wales have made several private visits to the Royal Opera House together, before and since the royal wedding in April, to watch several opera and ballet productions".
One of the productions the pair have seen is the Royal Ballet's Alice in Wonderland, a new adaption of Lewis Carroll's book. (Kate wrote her university dissertation on his photography)
I would love to be fly on the wall listening to Charles and Kate's conversations, Perhaps the discuss style? The Prince recently described his style as 'timeless' changing his look only every twenty five years :)
Prince Charles described Duchess Kate as his 'Darling, daughter in law' because she stepped in for him at a charity dinner recently. As a thank you gift he reportedly gave Kate a diamond bracelet and matching earrings. Perhaps Kate might wear them this week during one of her engagements? A very kind gesture and I'm delighted to see Kate is getting along so wonderfully with the Windsor's. They are obviously very fond of her and I'm so glad we are hearing stories like these instead of negative ones.
I was rather surprised to read in a Daily Mail article that the press are calling William and Kate, Will-Kat I cannot see this catching on. I do not think anyone will refer to our future King and Queen as 'Will-Kat' (It sounds like a chocolate snack). There are many headline friendly alternatives such as The Cambridge's, or good old William and Kate.
What do you think?
Sources (Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Royal Reporter Via Twitter, Royal Insight Via Twitter)