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€1m revamp for Will and Kate's palace apartment

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton's Kensington Palace apartment is undergoing more than £1m (€1.1m) in refurbishments to create a home fit for the couple and their baby.

The work was outlined in the royal public finances annual report published yesterday, which revealed that the monarchy cost the British taxpayer more than e38m during the diamond jubilee year – a rise of just under a million.

The queen's official expenditure increased by £900,000 (e1,053,000) from £32.4m during the 2011/12 financial year to £33.3m in 2012/13. Members of the British royal family travelled the globe to celebrate the queen's diamond jubilee, but travel costs for air and rail fell by £500,000 to £4.5 million.

William and Kate's Kensington Palace apartment was designed by Christopher Wren and was the home of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.



Margaret remained there after their divorce until her death in 2002.

The accounts revealed that £600,000 has been spent on internal refurbishments and a further £400,000 on the roof.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said the work was needed whoever moved into the building.

He said: "Large quantities of asbestos have had to be removed, as well as work on the heating and hot water systems, and electrical wiring.

"The last major works in the apartment took place more than 50 years ago," he added.

"The cost of interior decorating and furnishing, of course, falls to the royal family privately."

William and Kate's baby is due in mid-July and the couple are expected to move into the apartment when the refurbishment is completed in the autumn.