Will and Kate are making their way back to Kensington Palace — but with a few changes.
The 400-year-old royal residence is set to undergo a major renovation to accommodate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
According to the Daily Mail, officials from Historic Royal Palaces have proposed a three-story extension next to the Orangery which will add an additional 5,000 square feet to the property. They also intend to build a massive hedge to block out neighbours.
"The addition of a basement storey is required to allow for the accommodation of administration which must necessarily be moved out of rooms leased from the Royal Household in Kensington Palace," the application reads.
In 2011, the Duke and Duchess renovated Princess Margret's former residence, Apartment 1A, which they later moved into with Prince George. Following the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015, the couple relocated to Amner Hall on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Norfolk.
The family's move is perfectly timed with Prince George set to attend his new school Wetherby in the fall and the end of Prince William's two-year piloting contract with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. In addition to a personal move, the future king will also be shifting into a career focused full-time on royal duties.
Once the renovations are complete Kensington Palace will be the ultimate royal household. Princess Eugenie and boyfriend Jack Brooksbank plan to move into a cottage on the grounds later this year and Prince Harry currently lives on the grounds at Nottingham Cottage, where girlfriend Meghan Markle has been known to stay overnight.
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