Palace basement frees up space for Kate’s baby No 3
THE DUKE and Duchess of Cambridge will have more space in Kensington Palace when their third child arrives next spring.
Kensington and Chelsea council has officially given the green light to controversial plans to ‘free up the palace suites for the Royal Family’ by relocating staff offices into a twostorey basement behind the Orangery restaurant in the palace grounds.
There were 19 objections to the £24 million extension, because twostorey ‘iceberg’ basements are usually banned in the borough. Locals called the proposals ‘shoddy’ and accused planners of being ‘ bedazzled by courtiers’. But the council made an ‘exception’ for Kensington Palace, and approved its plans on Thursday.
The extension will be funded by the charity Historic Royal Palaces, which submitted the plans in March. A spokesman said: ‘It is important we plan ahead and consider long-term accommodation needs at the palace.’