As a former history of art student, Kate is said to have had a significant influence on the design and interior of the 20-room apartment, which belonged to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002. The 31-year-old Duchess is also said to have taken inspiration from Princess Mary of Denmark when she visited Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.
"Mary showed them around their apartment at the Amelienborg Palace and they loved the way they had combined their collection of modern art with antique furniture," a palace insider told the Sunday Express. "Kate was truly inspired and wants to use some similar ideas in some of the rooms at Kensington Palace."
Prince George coins cost up to £50,000, says Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is rolling out commemorative coins to celebrate the christening of Prince William and Kate's firstborn, according to its website. Prince George Alexander Louis will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace on Oct. 23, just over three months after his birth. The five-pound coin comes in gold, silver, platinum or a more affordable option, and boast a price tag that ranges from 13 pounds to more than 8,000 pounds, according to the website.
Prince Harry has spent the night in Sydney after flying in for one of the largest events ever held on the harbour.Prince Harry has begun his royal duties for his first official trip to Australia. Captain Wales, as he's known in the British military, saluted naval officers before being greeted by navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs at Sydney naval base Garden Island.
He then boarded the HMAS Leeuwin where Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Defence Minister David Johnston and a host of other dignitaries were awaiting his arrival on board. Prince Harry and Governor-General Quentin Bryce have boarded the HMAS Leeuwin on Sydney Harbour, where people are already gathering at prime viewing points.
Dressed in a white tropical dress uniform of the British Army and a blue Army AirCorp beret, the fourth in line to the throne had more than 100 onlookers waiting for a glimpse of him on the other side of the gate.
From left to right: Bridget Abbott, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Prince Harry, Margie Abbott and Frances Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was elected just more than two weeks ago, his wife Margie and their two daughters, Frances, 22 and 20-year-old Bridget, were photographed laughing and smiling with the Prince as he attended an official engagement at Admiral House in Kirribilli .
"They're both very excited to see you," said the Prime Minister as he introduced Harry to his statuesque daughters, who he has previously described as his "best asset."
He was all smiles while kicking around soccer balls and running across the field. Prince George's papa sported some athletic gear consisting of sneakers and a navy blue soccer uniform. Fans and onlookers watched from the sidelines as Will and the soccer stars played in front of the Palace. Before the match, Will joked to reporters, "I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother's lawn. One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her." It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome you all here today," Will also said in a speech. "This magnificent home, Buckingham Palace, is at the heart of the nation, and so there cannot be a more fitting setting to celebrate our national game, and to celebrate all of you."
As Prince George's christening date looms, rumours about who will be on the guest list continue to swirl. Although it remains to be seen who has been invtied, Prince William and Kate Middleton have hinted at what kind of ceremony they will be hosting for their baby boy on 23 October.
"We are not giving details of the guest list at this stage," the couple's spokesperson said. "All we are saying is that it will be a small intimate affair with close family and others, which include godparents."
In the past, royal babies including Prince William have been christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, with only close family, godparents and friends in attendance.
Kate Middleton will be guest of honour at a reception and lavish fundraising gala dinner on 24 October, shortly after completing her first solo engagement since the birth of Prince George. The Duchess of Cambridge, who moved into Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace last week with the adorable tot and her husband Prince William, won't have to travel far for the upcoming affair. The gala evening, which is being hosted by 100 Women in Hedge Funds, will be held at the Kensington Palace State Apartments.
The young Duke will stand in for the Queen and will present an OBE to Andy Murray. Report by Louise Hulland.
Prince William is apparently feeling "a bit nervous" ahead of his first ever investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Calming his jitters, then, will be the fact he's due to hand out an OBE to his and Kate's favourite tennis players – Andy Murray.
The Scottish sportsman is one of several personalities who will be honoured in the ceremony on Thursday, when William stands in for his grandmother the Queen. In doing so, the 31-year-old is taking his first major step towards being a working royal.
Prince William and Kate supporting Andy Murray at Wimbledon
A royal source said: "William has been practising using the sword and pinning the medals on a servant so that he gets it right. "He obviously doesn't want to slice anyone's ear off or stick a pin into their chest!" The Queen is understood to have asked William several months ago if he would start performing investitures, to which he immediately agreed.