Kensington Palace in London is home base for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their ever-growing brood. While some historical regions of the palace are open to the public, 1A is William and Kate’s four-story, 20-room apartment. The renovations that took place a few years ago were quite pricey, in order to make the quarters a suitable living space for the royal family.
As we know, the Duchess’ style exudes pure class, and the family’s the apartment is an accurate reflection of just that. The finishes throughout the home also reflect the royal family’s heritage, but she recently made it public knowledge that she doesn’t always spend top-dollar for furnishings. Follow along to find out what affordable store Kate Middleton purchases furniture.
1. Let’s just say this renovation was well overdue
Sure, a lot of royal blood has been born and raised in Kensington Palace, but not of recent. The palace accommodated Queen Victoria until she opted to reign from Buckingham Palace, then went on to be Prince William’s childhood stomping grounds. By and large, the dwelling needed a lot of love before the next generation of royalty would agree to rest their weary heads there.
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2. The duke and duchess spent over $6 million on the Kensington Palace apartment
It is a bit of a stretch to label the Duke and Duchess’ Kensington abode an apartment, but that’s precisely what it’s considered. Princess Kate got the privilege of overseeing 1A’s progress, along with adding her own personal touches to the space. The improvement of gardens, renovation of three kitchens (within the one apartment), and two nurseries didn’t solely come out of the royal couple’s pockets. Instead, much of the associated renovation costs were carried out by way of taxpayer dollars.
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3. Middleton used earth tones and blues to decorate
The Duchess’ style is one that reflects her modern class and character, and her home is no exception. Earth tones and accents of blue are on display throughout the apartment, however, don’t be misled by the formal atmosphere of the living area. Middleton knows how to pair things down when it comes to the kiddos at play.
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4. She shops at Ikea
On the Duke and Duchess’ European tour, a stop in Stockholm took them to the architecture and design museum, ArkDes. The Princess, in all of her polished presence, told Ikea’s head of design Marcus Engram that she and her husband have outfitted both Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s bedrooms with Ikea products. So, if you thought you were ahead of the design game by shopping at Ikea, you’d be right.
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5. She also frequents Zara Home
Yes, Zara has a home design store, and it is amazing. Kate is a huge fan of Zara’s fast-fashion label in her own closet, so it comes as no surprise that she frequents the label’s home store. Back in 2013, the Princess was seen leaving Zara Home laden with bags in hand, which were reported to be plates for the kitchen.
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6. She likes Blue Almonds
Even though the Duchess is conscious and even thrifty with her purchases, she is royalty and does enjoy the finer things in life. That being said, Kate visits Blue Almonds, a children’s furniture store, to add higher end touches to the royal kids’ bedrooms. After all, the store was awarded ‘Best Baby Store’ for good reason. The wicker baby Moses basket was her pick back when she was pregnant with Prince George.
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7. She lays her head on a Healthbeds mattress
Everyone knows how important a good night’s sleep is worth, but when you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, beauty sleep is everything. To no surprise, Healthbeds has a Kensington collection of mattresses, and the 4500-pocket-spring superking-size is what rests in Kate and William’s master bedroom. She loved the mattress so much that she sent a thank you note to Healthbeds. Now that’s a pro move.