Kensington Palace has long been a royal residence. The first royals to live at the Palace were William III and Mary II. Later, it would serve as the childhood home of Queen Victoria, and has been home to royals from Princess Margaret to Princess Diana.
In The Crown's fifth season, Prince Philip jokingly says of Kensington Palace, "I think of it as the depot where we put all the mad old aunts."
But who actually lives in Kensington Palace in 2022? It's not that many royals—the residents are limited to Prince William and Kate Middleton, and three first cousins of the late Queen Elizabeth (and their spouses). There are around fifty residents of the Palace, but here, a guide to the royals who live at Kensington Palace:
Prince William, Kate, Princess of Wales, and their children.
Though the Waleses moved to Windsor in August 2022, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace remains their official London residence. (1A used to belong to Princess Margaret.) Their current primary residence, however, is Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, is the first cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth. In 2019, it was reported that Prince Richard and Birgette, the Duchess of Gloucester moved from Apartment 1 to the Old Stables, a smaller residence. During the COVID lockdown, royal fans got a peek into Prince Richard's library at the Old Stables take a look here.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent
Another first cousin of the late Queen, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, lives with his wife Katharine, the Duchess of Kent in Wren House at Kensington Palace. The Duchess of Kent stepped back from royal life and her HRH status in 2002.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
The Duke of Kent's brother, Prince Michael of Kent, and his wife, Princess Michael of Kent live in Apartment 10 at Kensington Palace. Their sister, Princess Alexandra, lives in Thatched House Lodge in Richmond Park.
Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank and their son, August.
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