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British monarchy defends cost of William and Kate's home

Published on Jun 22, 2014 7:27 AM
 
Britain's Prince William (left), his wife Catherine and their son Prince George depart Australia from Defence Establishment Fairbairn in Canberra on April 25, 2014. The British monarchy has defended the cost of refurbishing a Kensington Palace apartment for Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son Prince George. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The British monarchy has defended the cost of refurbishing a Kensington Palace apartment for Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son Prince George.

A royal spokesman did not confirm the seven-figure cost – reportedly at £4 million (S$8.5 million) – for repairs and refurbishments, but said the royal couple had paid for their own furnishings.

The bill includes extensive work on the 17th-century London palace apartment, including installing a new roof, overhauling the electrics and carrying out plumbing repairs, while work was needed to remove asbestos.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have taken up Apartment 1A, formerly the home of princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, who died in 2002.

 
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