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Posted at 1:22 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Which palace for William and Kate?

By Autumn Brewington

The Telegraph is reporting that Prince William hopes that he and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, will make Kensington Palace their London home after their April 29 wedding.

The paper quotes an unnamed palace courtier as saying "William has let it be known that he wants them to live at Kensington Palace . . . It is where he grew up and he has very happy memories."

William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, were given apartments 8 and 9 in Kensington Palace after their 1981 wedding. Diana continued to live there after her 1996 divorce from the heir to the throne. Mourners laid flowers, balloons and signs at the gates to the red-brick palace after her death in 1997.

Kensington Palace dates to the 17th century and has been home to many monarchs and other members of the royal family, including the current queen's late sister, Princess Margaret. It is adjacent to the 275 acres of Kensington Gardens. The Telegraph reports that the palace is undergoing "a £12 million refurbishment which is due to be completed in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June 2012."

It's not clear this is where William and Kate will live when they are in London; the Sun reported this month that the queen had offered the couple space in Buckingham Palace. It's also been suggested that the couple might choose St. James Palace, where William and his brother share an office, but the Telegraph played this down.

These days William and his brother, Prince Harry, share an apartment at their father's London home, Clarence House. Because William is second in line to the throne, he will need a posh London base -- but the matter isn't front and center because the couple plan to spend at least the first year of their married life living in north Wales, where William is stationed as a search-and-rescue pilot. The Sun is reporting that the queen has assured the couple they can stay out of the public spotlight for two years after their wedding.

We're curious to learn both where William and Kate will live and what titles may be conferred upon them closer to the wedding.

By Autumn Brewington  | January 24, 2011; 1:22 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Prince William  
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