British Royal Family

Expanding for baby number three? Kate and William are renovating Kensington Palace

By Amber Elias
Duchess Catherine and Prince William have reportedly lodged plans to expand Kensington Palace, making extra room for their growing family. They're preparing to move into the childhood home of Prince William from their current home, Amner Hall in Norfolk, before Prince George starts school.
The family of four are rumoured to be adding to their family soon, with a source close to the family claiming: "They want at least three kids and for them to be close in age.”
Prince William is set to take on a full-time role within the royal family this year, as the Queen takes a step back for her exhaustive duties. He spoke fondly of his time as an air ambulance pilot in Norfolk, telling BBC Future: "I look forward to coming here every day, whether it's 5.30am or going to bed at 2am. The shift work is exciting… And the fact that I love working in a team. That's something my other job doesn't necessarily do."
In preparation for the royal move to London in autumn, officials from Historic Royal Palaces have recently proposed to build a three-story (with two stories underground) extension to the palace's Orangery. The Orangery is a garden pavilion next to Kensington Palace built in 1704, and is currently a restaurant open to the public.
The planned extension includes one floor above ground, and two basement levels. Staff could move their offices to the new property, while the basement levels will be storage and house a ceremonial dress collection, according to the Daily Mail.
The planning application notes, “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.”
Princess Eugenie is also moving into the palace, so it's no wonder the royals are expanding the heritage property.