Kate and William to move into Princess Margaret’s old apartment

Kate Middleton and Prince William are to move into in apartment in Kensington Palace, where the late Princess Margaret once lived.

The royal couple, now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expected to make the move into the royal residence in 2013, once the apartment has been extensively refurbished.

Plans to bring their home up to scratch are thought to include the removal of large quantities of asbestos as well as upgrades to electrical wiring, heating and hot water systems.

Shortly after their wedding in April, Kate - who now goes by her official name, Catherine – and Wills moved into a “modest apartment” in Kensington Palace, splitting their time between that residence and a cottage in Wales.

But it’s thought that when the pair finally move into the much bigger apartment in around two years, Prince William’s little brother Harry will take the one they currently live in.

The princes grew up in Kensington Palace with their later mother Princess Diana, so it’s sure to bring back many happy memories for them.

Catherine and William, both 29, will live in apartment 1A in the London palace, which was the home of Queen Elizabeth's sister Princess Margaret until her death in 2002.

The apartment boasts features including a walled garden, a drawing room, staff quarters and a nursery – perfect if the royal couple decided to start a family in the near future.

"William and Kate visited apartment 1A and loved it,” a source told The Mail on Sunday.

”Kate particularly adored the private walled garden because she loves gardening, and she thought the house has so much potential. She also likes the fact it was so close to Kensington High Street.

"They had seen a state apartment at St James' Palace, which they also rather liked, but they both agreed they wanted to live at Kensington Palace."

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