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Old 06-21-2014, 05:43 PM
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I love how the Daily Mail uses pictures from the state areas of the palace (which are open to the public year round) to reinforce the hatred.
I noticed that too. I think the intent of that was to convince those that have no clue that there are other areas of KP besides Apt. 1A that are used for other various reasons that this is the elegance and extravagance that will be the Cambridge's apartment. Never mind that Wills and Kate are paying personally for just about everything that goes into the apartment. The taxpayers are paying for the repairs to the structure but lets not tell them that part. Wouldn't serve the purpose of inciting the public.

Should KP or any of the nation's historical building fall into such a state of disrepair that they are cited as being condemned or unsafe and had to be demolished, there'd be a big hue and cry that no one took care of them and their history is literally going down the drain.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:01 PM
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I have no problem with the amount spent on KP, however I do question how this money is found despite a £40m backlog in palace repairs.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:22 PM
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I suspect it is highly likely that the Cambridges will also take control of Birkhall when he is Duke of Cornwall.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:37 PM
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I suspect it is highly likely that the Cambridges will also take control of Birkhall when he is Duke of Cornwall.
I think it is highly likely too but Charles just might surprise us.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:07 PM
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KP is a royal palace and it obviously needed major work to keep it from further deterioration.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:46 AM
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And Apartment 1A was last renovated in the early 1960's for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden. I think most ordinary householders have re-roofed, removed the asbestoes, rewired and replumbed their homes at least once within that time frame. And if they haven't they are considered dodgy to live in.

Continuing the ongoing restoration of Kensington Palace is a fact of life. It was being undertaken way before William's engagement let alone marriage. It is an onging work and merely gained media and political interest once it was announced the Cambridges would move Apartment 1A once renovation of the former office and storage space.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:28 AM
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Kensington Palace is worth the upkeep and renovation for reasons outside of being a royal residence. It was designed by Christopher Wren who was one of most notable British architects in history. After the Great Fire, he was instrumental in the rebuilding of many of the structures including St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

The money put into KP is well worth it for this reason alone I believe.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:54 AM
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Kate Middleton: Buckingham Palace defend spending £4m on Kate and Wills flat | Royal | News | Daily Express

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Old 06-23-2014, 06:58 AM
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Plus being a historical building, it would add to the cost because the expertise needed to preserve the outside historical features.

Also without the official numbers from the spending report, we don't know if the 4 million number is accurate. If you look at the helicopter stories, it gives the impression that the queen bought William a 8 mil helicopter but that isn't true. They leased a helicopter for use of the whole family and the lease cost is not going to be anywhere need the purchase price of 8 million.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:45 AM
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I think it was rather silly of the press to lump William & Catherine with the total restoration of Kensington Palace. We already knew that their own private residence would be renovated. The other parts of Kensington Palace have nothing to do with the Cambridge's renovations. They are two separated situations and I think lumping the two stories together is what got some people bent out of shape.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:48 AM
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I think it was rather silly of the press to lump William & Catherine with the total restoration of Kensington Palace. We already knew that their own private residence would be renovated. The other parts of Kensington Palace have nothing to do with the Cambridge's renovations. They are two separated situations and I think lumping the two stories together is what got some people bent out of shape.
Its the Daily Mail, and IMO they got the reaction they were looking for as they were playing to their audience.

Why let the facts get in the way of a good story? Its all about shock value, inflammatory headlines and increasing the clicks on the story.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:52 PM
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to keep Kensington Palace as official residence-
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That's a bit of a poisonous article from Richard Palmer, who is usually very fair minded and often gives them very positive press.

I think the royal reporters are quite fed up with William and Kate's offices, because they often give conflicting information
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decidedly snippy. I think te knives are out for William.

Health warning on all articles from here on in. All because te media are never taken into Williams confidence.

Interesting that he thinks te air ambulance job will befull time and they will live ar Anmer
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:17 PM
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Yes I think you are right cepe. Several publications are giving both William and Kate some lousy press. The old adage of building them up to knock them down is beginning to show its ugly face.
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That's a bit of a poisonous article from Richard Palmer, who is usually very fair minded and often gives them very positive press.

I think the royal reporters are quite fed up with William and Kate's offices, because they often give conflicting information
I just got through telling someone that I could not understand Richard Palmer of all people. He is one of the positive reporters that I enjoy following. What is going on?
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Hmm- I do think if they do intend to make Anmer their base, it was a bit tone deaf of their aides to insist Kensington Palace would be their official base and main place of residence.

If the palace didn't anticipate this reaction in the press, they were foolish


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Old 06-23-2014, 06:36 PM
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No one ever makes a fuss over Charles residing at Clarence House yet also residing at Highgrove or Birkhall. It doesn't take rocket science for anyone to figure out which residence is nearest and dearest to Charles. (although it just might be a toss up between Highgrove and Birkhall)

Why can't it be the same with the Cambridges residing at KP 1A and Anmer Hall? I really don't see much to be different than what several of the main line of the Windsor family does. After a late night or business in the City, KP is a good official base to have and is close to many "official" places they may need to be and close with their staff. Anmer Hall is, from what I see, a private family home in the country.
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I wonder if the press are turning a little against William and Kate as when he left the RAF it seemed the couple were about to become close to becoming 'full time' royals as such which would mean more chance for the media to see them and report about them. Now instead they are going to 'hide away' in Norfolk.
To be fair, didn't Charles get stick from the media for the cost of renovating Clarence House after the Queen Mum died? I don' think this is anything new as such, its just that Anmer and the KP apartment are both being renovated at the same time so there is alot of expensive building work going on!
Interestingly the renovations of Clarence House cost £4.5million which (and lets take all the figures with a pinch of salt) when you compare with the work on the KP Apartment seems like quite good value for money IMO.
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No one ever makes a fuss over Charles residing at Clarence House yet also residing at Highgrove or Birkhall. It doesn't take rocket science for anyone to figure out which residence is nearest and dearest to Charles. (although it just might be a toss up between Highgrove and Birkhall)

Why can't it be the same with the Cambridges residing at KP 1A and Anmer Hall? I really don't see much to be different than what several of the main line of the Windsor family does. After a late night or business in the City, KP is a good official base to have and is close to many "official" places they may need to be and close with their staff. Anmer Hall is, from what I see, a private family home in the country.
Ah Osipi, you are using logic, rather than vitriol.
What a prefect, old-fashioned word vitriol is, no?
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