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Old 12-16-2008, 04:37 PM
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It seems until we are invited there we won“t know and then they probably won“t show us the bedrooms......
5 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms well that is not exactly cramped so I gather Kensington Palace is quite big.....
I think one might say that, you can visit Princess Margarets' rooms (1a), which can give you an idea.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:27 AM
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It seems until we are invited there we won“t know and then they probably won“t show us the bedrooms......
5 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms well that is not exactly cramped so I gather Kensington Palace is quite big.....
Yeah, we don't need to know these details, touche. Five bedrooms is a very good size for Michael of Kent and his family. If he and his wife each had their own room, they'd have one extra for a guest, or if they only had the normal marital shared room, they'd have two spare rooms in addition to their kids' separate rooms.

I have heard that Princess Margaret's KP apt is the biggest one and that the second biggest was the marital home for the Prince Charles and Diana, and then after that, the Gloucesters, then the Kents, and Diana's post-marital apt was one of the smaller ones. I wonder which one of those apartments was used by Prince Philip's grandmother?
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:59 PM
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Diana's post-marital apt was one of the smaller ones.
Did Diana, Princess of Wales have to move or did they just close off some of the rooms? Did this happen after the divorce or separation? You would think they would let her keep all the apt., the Princes lived there too.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:05 PM
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In Paul Burrell second book he stated that her apartments were 8 and 9.

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Old 12-17-2008, 03:09 PM
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Thanks sirhon. I am glad she kept the whole apartment.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:04 PM
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Well, everything I've read about it says that she did stay in 8-9 for the most of the separation years. In the last couple, or maybe three, years of her life, she lived in 7 though, at least according to what I've read. The Inquest proceedings record that her apt in that last year was 7. See the link I posted in a previous post. So maybe she only moved after or some time before the divorce. Who knows? Anyway, it doesn't matter. I'm sure it wasn't much difference, besides being smaller, and #7 adjoins 8-9 anyway despite the separate entrance and driveway. My theory is that she moved into #7 around the start of 1996, maybe 6-8 months before the divorce was final.
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Doesn't Pss Alexandra have apartments at KP? I remember reading an interview a very very long time ago w Marina Mowatt (before she was Mowatt I believe) and she said she would invite her friends to visit her there and they were pretty shady looking, into the punk-goth look with piercings and leather and spiked hair and the security station would always have to call up to the apartments to verify they were welcome.
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The two black doors you could see across the courtyard were in fact the back doors! Diana's front door overlooks an oval drive and to the left of her front door is her private walled garden. If I can work out how to do it, I will post pics showing this!
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In June 2010 Uma Thurman & A.Busson will tie the knot and they chose Kensington palace for their wedding.I wonder how did they manage to "book" Diana's residence,I mean has something like this happened before?
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:58 PM
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To be correct it was never just Diana's residence, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years. IT was the Principal London residence of the monarch for both George I and George II, it was the birthplace of the future Queen Victoria. Princess Margaret lived there, so Diana was just one of many.

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To be correct it was never just Diana's residence, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years. IT was the Principal London residence of the monarch for both George I and George II, it was the birthplace of the future Queen Victoria. Princess Margaret lived there, so Diana was just one of many.
Dear Skydragon,I just wanted to avoid repeating "Kensington Palace" Thank you for the link,it would be interesting to know how much Mr.Busson is gonna pay.
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Doesn't Pss Alexandra have apartments at KP? I remember reading an interview a very very long time ago w Marina Mowatt (before she was Mowatt I believe) and she said she would invite her friends to visit her there and they were pretty shady looking, into the punk-goth look with piercings and leather and spiked hair and the security station would always have to call up to the apartments to verify they were welcome.
Pss Alexandra has a very small grace and favor apartment house in St. James Palace. Her principal home in Richmond Park called Thatched_House_Lodge was purchased on a 150 year lease in 1963 when she got married. Her home in Richmond Park is surrounded by parkland, and is where General Eisenhower had his WW2 headquarters. There was some discussion of her selling her lease when she was widowed. Presumably she would retire to the smaller home in St. James Palace.

I have never seen a comprehensive list of royals who have lived in KP. I gather that Pss Marina moved there when Prince Michael was age 11 (1954), giving up her home in Belgravia Square. She lived there until her death when he was age 26 (1968). When he got married ten years later he was given a grace and favor apartment again. Supposedly the ministers toured the apartment in 2002 and demanded that he pay rent. The Queen absorbed his rent until this year.

To turn KP into a museum would be hugely expensive. It is on some of the most valuable real estate on the planet. I would think that leasing the apartments and offices out to "foreign embassies" and/or ambassador residences would be hugely profitable. There are already a number of embassies nearby on "Kensington Palace Gardens".

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I can't beleive the Queen demanded that he pays rent! funny when you think about it really!
I think it would be a great idea for embassies to take those appartements as offices. The only problem with that is perhaps that each ambassy might have its own protocoles, traffic and staff... I don't think they can manadge being in the same building.
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:54 PM
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There was talk a few years ago about the US taking over the entire palace for their embassy but the Queen stopped that from happening.

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This article does suggest that that option is still a possibility when all the current residents have moved out.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:49 AM
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I am glad that the Queen refused the idea of having it occupied by the American Ambassy. I think that politically it is a bit misplaced to ask for such a historical monument to be occupied by another state.
Here is a video of the palace. Its architecture is simply extraordinary. A museum or occupation by members of the royal family is in my opinion the right solution for the Kensington palace.
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:53 PM
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I don't see why they can't do both. Open part of it all year for tourists. Since it had Diana's apts. and office they can set aside that section in her memory (and display her dresses, memorabilia, etc) as well as let people tour nearby sections.
Then they can rent out specific rooms for receptions (ballroom?), meetings, etc. to the public.
And then have another part of it still used by minor royalty and have it blocked off to the public.
I agree they shouldn't use it as a foreign embassy. It's much too big for that anyway.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:18 AM
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There would be huge security complications in what you suggest, IMO. I also think it would be totally inappropriate to allow any foreign power to use it.
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There would be huge security complications in what you suggest, IMO. I also think it would be totally inappropriate to allow any foreign power to use it.
But isn't this was is already done today. Parts of the Palace are open to the public. And in other parts the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of kent have their home.
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Oops, my mistake, I misread the post.
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I disagree that the palace wouldn't be ideal for foreign embassies and consulates. In particular it would be a great place for smaller countries particularly for Commonwealth Realms. The Kensington Palace Gardens is already jam packed with about 20 ambassador homes, embassies and consulates, and the London residence of the Saudi royal family. It would be a valuable revenue generator for the British government. The Palace must be pretty big because it has a footprint of well over 2 acres. I think the government would like this to be the last generation of royals to live in the palace.

I imagine that William and Harry have a lot of privacy in their apartments at Clarence House, and it will suffice as long as they are single. Princess Alexandra has an apartment in St. James Palace, and Charles used to have a place there after he moved out. There are a lot of options for William and Harry.
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