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William Kate Kensington

November 6, 2011 by staff 

William Kate KensingtonWilliam Kate Kensington, With no hot water, asbestos in the walls and decades-old electrics, it needs much more than just a lick of paint. But Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace – known as “KP” to the royals – is to become the permanent home of Prince ­William and his wife Kate. The couple will move into the exclusive residence in 2013 after a nine-month-long refurbishment.

Palace officials last night confirmed that the apartment, which was used by Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, will ­become their London base. William has an emotional attachment to KP as it was where he and Prince Harry were brought up by their late mother Diana, in Apartment 8-9.

It has been described as a “children’s ­paradise” with long passageways, ideal for youngsters to rush around in, and ­numerous gardens to play in.

Pilot William’s love of helicopters is said to stem from his days watching them ­landing on the palace’s helipad.

A royal source said: “There are obvious strong emotional ties for William. It means a lot to him that he will be setting up his permanent home so close to where he was brought up by his mother.”

Prince Harry, 27, will also move into a two-bedroom cottage in the grounds, which has often been used by Wills and Kate, both 29. After structural work, Apartment 1A will have two or three ­reception rooms and up to four bedrooms on three floors, providing plenty of room when they start a family.

A royal source said: “William and Kate are looking forward to planning their new home. They will be heavily involved in the design and the choice of furnishings.

“There is a lot of structural work ­needed before it is habitable. There is no hot water and it will need new wiring and piping. The electrics haven’t been changed for 50 years.”

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While the work is done, the couple, who have been staying on the Balmoral estate this ­weekend, will keep their current main home on Anglesey, North Wales.

Prince William is currently serving at the island’s RAF base as a helicopter search-and-rescue pilot. They rent a cottage there for £750 a month.

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