10 little-known facts about Kensington Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton's rumored new permanent home


Prince William and Kate Middleton might be on the move in 2017: The royal family of four is reportedly moving back to Kensington Palace in the new year, according to the Daily Mail. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge completed a large-scale renovation of its 20-room Apartment 1A back in 2012, but ever since Princess Charlotte's birth in 2015, they've resided at Amner Hall on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Norfolk. Their return to the royal digs is reportedly so that Prince George can attend the Wetherby School, the all-boys institution where his father and Prince Harry went.

But the fact that Prince William and Kate Middleton may soon call Kensington Palace home isn't the only interesting tidbit about the residence! Here are 10 more:

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Little-known facts about Kensington Palace

1. It's more than 400 years old. The two-story sprawling residence was built in 1605.

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2. It wasn't always a royal residence. In fact, it was originally a mansion called Nottingham House that was built during the Jacobean era (1567-1625) for Sir George Coppin, one of London's wealthy businessmen.

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3. But asthma led to it becoming a palace. When King William and Queen Mary assumed their joint thrones in 1689, they began looking for a new place to live: Whitehall Palace was too close to the River Thames, which agitated King William's asthma. They purchased Nottingham House in the summer of 1689 for roughly $24,500.

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4. A reigning monarch hasn't lived there in more than 250 years. The last ruling king to make Kensington Palace his primary residence was King George II, who died in 1760.

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5. But several ghosts do. The most famous of which is the aforementioned King George, whose ghost is reportedly spotted in the King's Gallery moaning, "Why won't they come?" (his alleged last words).

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6. It was almost bulldozed in the 1890s. But the palace—which had fallen into major disrepair—was saved by Queen Victoria, who got Parliament to approve a two-year renovation.

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7. More than 1 million bouquets were left at the palace gates when Princess Diana died. They stretched nearly 5 feet deep.

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8. And her apartment lay empty for 10 years after her death. No one has lived there since.

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9. You can host an event there. Seriously—you can have weddings, galas, charity events, and the like (for up to 2,000 people) at Kensington Palace.

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10. Case in point: Nicky Hilton was married there. Her July 2015 wedding to James Rothschild took place in the Palace's Orangery.

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Related: Prince George steals the show on Christmas Day

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Prince George on Christmas
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Prince George on Christmas
Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, sucks a sweet as he leaves following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, sucks a sweet as he leaves following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (C) holds his son Prince George's hand as they leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R), his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (L), Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge licks a candy cane at Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge attends Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ENGLEFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend a Christmas Day service at St. Marks Church on December 25, 2016 in Englefield, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in St Marks' Church in Englefield, Berkshire. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in St Marks' Church in Englefield, Berkshire. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge attends Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
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