Why Kate Middleton and Prince William may not move into Buckingham Palace: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may break royal tradition
DUCHESS of Cambridge Kate Middleton lives in Kensington Palace with Prince George, Charlotte and Louis.
The royal family and the ruling monarch have always lived in Buckingham Palace ever since Queen Victoria in 1837, however, it’s a tradition that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William, along with kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis could be set to break.
Currently, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip live in the private apartments on the north side of the palace.
Meanwhile, rooms on the upper floors of the north and east sides are occupied by other members of the royal family.
Over 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests at occasions of all sizes, from small lunches to large-scale receptions.
However, there are rumours this could all change – and it wouldn’t be the first time Kate, who abides by a series of strict etiquette rules – and William broke with tradition.
According to The Sunday Times, Charles wants to give up Buckingham Palace as the royal residence, and continue living at Clarence House, while turning Buckingham Palace into a more businesslike “monarchy HQ.”
“I know he is no fan of ‘the big house’, as he calls the palace,” a source said.
“He doesn’t see it as a viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world. He feels its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective, is not sustainable.”
Prince William – who undertakes a series of royal engagements and roles – reportedly agrees, believing it is too expensive to run the 775-room property, so it is possible that Kate, and their children, will remain at Kensington Palace instead.
Clarence House, however, have insisted no major changes will occur anytime soon, saying: “Buckingham Palace will remain the official London residence of the monarch.”
Source: OK CO UK