Inside Kensington Palace, the Future Home of the Royal Baby

Photo © Historic Royal Palaces Kensington Palace began as a quaint country mansion that William III and Queen Mary bought for £20,000 in 1689. Since then, the palace has housed a number of royal residents – including Diana, Princess of Wales – and will soon be home to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In 2012, the royal residence reopened to the public after a two-year transformation by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces. The cast iron and glass portico entrance is one of the palace’s new additions.

It’s a boy! At 4:24 p.m. on Monday, July 22, Kate Middleton gave birth to an 8-pound, 6-ounce little prince named George Alexander Louis. After leaving St. Mary’s Hospital in London, word has it the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend some time at Kate’s parents’ house in Bucklebury. Later this year, the couple is expected to move into their permanent home – Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace – once renovations are complete.

While Will and Kate’s future home is still a work-in-progress, we wonder if the 20-room flat will end up looking anything like the rest of Kensington Palace, which reopened to the public in 2012 after a two-year, £12 million ($19 million) renovation. We’ve been checking out photos of the remodeled palace (gotta get our royal fix until the heir is revealed), and we have to say, the blend of historic architecture and cutting-edge installations is really fascinating. Check out the gallery below to see Kensington Palace's new look for yourself.

Editor's note: Article updated to add George Alexander Louis' name.


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