The British taxpayers have put £4.5 million or $7.6 million for the renovation of the Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1a to turn it into a suitable home for Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince George.
The refurbishment of the 17th-century palace’s wing is worth more than that, according to reports, because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be using hundreds of thousands from their own pockets for its improvement.
For example, according to the royal spokesperson, the Kensington Palace has a working kitchen paid for by the Sovereign Grant (public funds) since it is where important public events’ food preparations are conducted. Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate put up their own money to build a second family kitchen which would be smaller.
The Sovereign Grant is money given by the government to the royal family to support the official duties of the Queen. From 2013 to 2014, the British Government gave £36.1 million to the Queen.
According to the general rule, public funds will only be used on basic works, beyond that must be paid by the Duke and Duchess.
The palace’s wing was last used by Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II sister, as a home before it was used as an office in recent years. Now, it needs major renovation to turn it into a home fit for a family.
The building had asbestos, which is why the whole interior was stripped out and the roof was replaced. All of these renovations were done according to the standards of the historic building regulations.
The apartment has over 20 main rooms and a big garden. According to Royal Household, the place is not even as opulent as expected, and it has furnishing that’s quite ordinary.
According to an independent surveying organization, the budget for the renovation is proportionate to the refurbishment work needed for the place.