17 May 2018 | Your Stories
This article was originally featured on bustle.com. See the original here.
Originally built in 1605 as a Jacobean mansion, Kensington Palace began life under another name: Nottingham House. Following their coronation, however, William III and Mary II bought it and commissioned architect Sir Christopher Wren to expand and renovate the property. They lived in it from Christmas Eve 1689 ‘til both of their deaths — Mary until 1694, when she died of smallpox, and William in 1702, when he caught what ended up being a fatal chill. Queen Anne, George I, and George II all lived there during their reigns; however, since George II’s death in 1760, no reigning monarchs have lived in the palace. George III — George II’s grandson — didn’t particularly like Kensington, so instead of living there himself, he set up a lot of his family members in apartments there.
When William and Kate were first engaged, they lived on the Kensington Palace grounds in Nottingham Cottage (where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently live); following their wedding in 2011, however, it was announced thatApartment 1A, previously the residence of Princess Margaret, would be renovated for them. Their expected move-in date was 2013 — and they did, in fact, hit their target. By the fall of 2013, just a few months after Prince George’s birth, the family had officially taken up residence in the palace apartment. They’ve lived there ever since.
All three of William and Kate’s kids have had their nursery in the same room in the apartment — which brings us to our current question: Is said nursery haunted? Find out by clicking here.
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