A recent palace briefing has confirmed reports that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be moving their home base to Kensington Palace.
This news comes as the royals continue to increase their official royal duties to assist Queen Elizabeth II.
“As they have in recent years, their royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London,” the briefing revealed.
In 2014, their palace residence, Apartment 1A, was renovated for over $6.5 million. Since then, they’ve used the residence as their “official home when carrying out royal duties.”
The statement explained that family’s country home, Amner Hall, will still be their home, but their increased royal duties will require them to be in London for more time.
“Their Royal Highnesses love their time in Norfolk and it will continue to be their home,” the couple explained in the statement.
“From this autumn, however, the Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace.”
Prince George, now 3 years old, will also be transitioning from his Norfolk school to a London school in September.
It was also revealed that 20-month-old Princess Charlotte will eventually start nursery school and later attend school in London, but a date has not been set.
While their respective schools were not revealed, many speculate that George will attend Wetherby Pre-Preparatory School, where both Princes William and Harry attended.
But even more changes are happening for the family as they prepare to shift their home base to the city of London.
Prince William has also announced that after his two year commitment as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance, he will be stepping away from his position.
“Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come,” he said.
Kate will also have her hands full with the significant move to the UK capital, since her “primary role is as a mother and, as any family with children starting school will know, this year will be a significant one.”
And with all this talk about the significance of the coming years, we all can’t help but wonder if this is a sign that bigger things are being put into place.
What do you think the family’s move to Kensington Palace means for the future? Is the next generation of royalty preparing to step into a new role?
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