- Kensington Palace, next to London’s Hyde Park, is home to 15 high-ranking royals.
- Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children share a grand 20-room apartment that spans four storeys.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live in a cottage on the palace grounds, which is where Harry proposed.
- Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, recently moved in as well.
- Six senior royals of the same generation of Queen Elizabeth II also have rooms there.
- The queen and Prince Philip live in Buckingham Palace, about 2 miles away.
With two royal weddings on the horizon and a newborn prince, 2018 is shaping up to be a year of massive change for Britain’s royal family.
And the royal property that’s ringing in the changes more than any other is undoubtedly the historic Kensington Palace in London, now home to 15 members of the royal family spanning three generations.
The palace, a royal residence since the 1600s, has taken on three new arrivals in the past month, making it easily the most bustling of the royal family’s many grand homes.
Within its grounds are a host of separate properties, ranging from relatively humble cottages, to a grand 20-room apartment occupied by Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their young family.
As well as royal living quarters, which tend to be relatively sedately decorated, it is also home to lavish state rooms used for grand occasions, like this one:
Here’s a breakdown of who’s who, and where they live in Kensington Palace:
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis:
William, Kate, and their children are not only the largest group of royals in Kensington Palace but the closest to the throne.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have the best rooms going. The family of five occupies Apartment 1A, a collection of 20 stately rooms with a commanding view of Hyde Park.
They moved to Kensington Palace full time in October 2013, not long after their first child, Prince George, was born. Princess Charlotte followed in 2015, and Prince Louis in April 2018.
The public rarely get to see inside, but photographers were allowed to take photos of a reception room when William and Kate hosted the Obamas in 2016:
We also saw another view (or maybe even another room) where Prince George played on a rocking horse before meeting the US president.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Nottingham Cottage
Significantly less grand is the two-bed cottage inhabited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which will also be their marital home after they marry on May 19.
The cottage, nicknamed “Nott Cott” and often described as “snug,” has been Harry’s home since 2013.
Meghan moved in just after their engagement was made public in November 2017. Harry proposed to Meghan when they were spending an evening together at Nottingham Cottage, surprising her while they were roasting a chicken.
After announcing their engagement, they gave an interview from the cottage, sitting on its sofa, which is one of the only times the public has seen inside:
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank: Ivy Cottage
The newest royals at Kensington Palace are Princess Eugenie, who is William’s and Harry’s cousin, and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, a London socialite.
According to The Sun, the couple moved into a cottage right next to Harry and Meghan’s about the same time Kate was in hospital delivering Prince Louis.
The couple announced their engagement in January, a few weeks after getting engaged while vacationing in Nicaragua.
They are getting married at Windsor Castle in the same church as Harry and Meghan this October, but the occasion is likely to attract much less publicity.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester: Apartment 1
The Duke of Gloucester, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins, lives in Apartment 1 with the Duchess of Gloucester, his wife.
Like William and Kate’s home at 1A, the dwelling is a large complex of rooms in the main palace building. The two used to be one enormous set of rooms until they were divided in the 1950s.
The complex has 21 rooms, slightly pipping the size of William and Kate’s, but few details are available other than its overall size.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent: Apartment 10
Prince Michael of Kent, another of the queen’s cousins but from a more junior line, lives in the main palace building with his wife.
She is known as Princess Michael in the old-fashioned tradition by which the wives of princes take their husband’s name.
This same rule means that Kate can technically be referred to as Princess William of Cambridge, but the name is not widely used.
Their apartment, No. 10, consists of five bedrooms and five receptions rooms. They used to have use of the property rent-free, but since 2008 they have been paying a reported £10,000 ($US13,600) per month in rent.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent: Wren House
The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael’s older brother, also lives in the Kensington Palace grounds with his wife, the Duchess.
Their home, Wren House, is named after the famous British architect Christopher Wren, who built St Paul’s Cathedral and several properties for the royal household.
Few details about their home have ever been made public. It is physically between Ivy and Nottingham cottages and appears to be of a similar size.
What about the queen?
Queen Elizabeth II lives at Buckingham Palace with her husband, Prince Philip. It’s about 2 miles from Kensington Palace, across Hyde Park and Green Park.
It’s not quite as cosy as living on the same property, but if Her Majesty ever wants to drop in on her cousins, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, they aren’t far away.