Kate Middleton admits to having THIS at Kensington Palace.
Prince George meets then US President Barack Obama in April 2016. Photo AAP
Known for her love of high street fashion and $12 Elnett hairpray, the Duchess of Cambridge has revealed she’s also not too grand for a bit of affordable, flat-pack furniture. On the first day of her four-day tour of Sweden and Norway with husband Prince William, Kate said their children Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, have Ikea décor in their bedrooms at Kensington Palace. The surprising admission was made as the royal couple toured Sweden’s national museum of architecture and design, ArkDes.
“They revealed they have Ikea pieces for the children’s rooms,” said the company’s head of design Marcus Engman, who played guide for the Cambridges as they toured an exhibition for young Swedish designers. Mr. Engman said the visitors told him they were “very interested” in home furnishings and how the design process works at Ikea. It’s not the first time the company has been given a royal seal of approval. Sweden’s Queen Silvia worked with Ikea on a project for elderly living.
The Duchess of Cambridge at the ArkDes design museum in Sweden. Photo AAP
Before meeting William and Kate, Mr Engman said he wanted to know their tastes in homewares: “It would be nice to know if they have any Ikea furniture.
“Why would it not be possible for them?”
Mr. Engman didn’t report on whether he asked the obvious question: do they assemble the furniture themselves, sitting on the floor of the palace, cursing and hunting for packets of screws and Allen keys? Certainly, the couple’s tastes seemed more top end than minimalist and budget-friendly when they redecorated Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace. The young family, whose number will swell to five when Kate gives birth to their third child in April, made London their permanent base last year. They moved back from their rural mansion, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, ahead of George starting school last September, and to take on a heavier royal schedule, as Prince Phillip retreated from public life.
Kate Middleton Kate Middleton and Prince William posed with Crown Princess Victoria Photo (C) GETTY
According to Hello! Magazine, the new family home was “impeccably decorated” under the guiding hand of “in-demand” interior designer, Ben Pentreath. His diary of other A-list clients reportedly includes Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler. In the sprawling Kensington Palace apartment, Mr Pentreath decked out Kate’s drawing room in a neutral palette, “combining gold framed artwork and ornate antiques with cream lamps, fluffy cushions and floor-length curtains”, Hello! Reported. When then-US President Barack Obama visited the Cambridges at home in April 2016 – he was greeted by George in a dressing gown and slippers – photos of the occasion revealed Kate’s interior tastes. It showed design themes heavy on old paintings, new photographs, candles and indoor plants. Dotted around the room where Kate, William and Prince Harry chatted with the Obamas were plenty of old paintings, family photos, chinois Erie, giant vases of flowers and a side table groaning with bottles of booze.
The Duke and Duchess with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel ahead of tonight’s dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Stockholm Photo (C) KENSINGTON ROYAL TWITTER
After their budget furniture revelation, William and Kate were back to top-shelf stuff at a dinner hosted by the British ambassador. Kate, in a long Eidem floral gown, sat next to actor Stellan Skarsgård, while the duke had actress Alicia Vikander as his dining companion. According to reports, the meal kicked off with Scottish smoked salmon with quail egg followed by guinea fowl with mashed potatoes. Dessert was blackberry soufflé with chocolate ganache. William told fellow guests he had mastered the local sport of bandy hockey that day in a scratch game against his wife, but Kate was having none of it: “I let him win.”
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge full name Catherine Elizabeth Kate Middleton was conceived on 9 January 1982. She is an individual from the British regal family, design symbol, and supporter of games, expressions and kids’ associations. Her significant other, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is second in line to wind up ruler of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth domains, making Catherine a feasible future ruler partner.
Catherine experienced childhood in Chapel Row, a town close Newbury, Berkshire, England. She contemplated workmanship history in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met William in 2001. Their engagement was declared in November 2010 preceding they wedded on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The Duke and Duchess’ kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, are third and fourth in the line of progression individually, and the couple are expecting their third tyke. Catherine’s effect on British and American form has been known as the “Kate Middleton impact” in the media, and in 2012 and 2013, she was chosen as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.
In 2001, Middleton met Prince William while they were the two understudies in living arrangement at St Salvator’s Hall at the University of St Andrews. The couple started dating in 2003, in spite of the fact that their relationship stayed unverified. On 17 October 2005, Middleton griped through her legal counselor about badgering from the media, expressing that she had done nothing huge to warrant exposure.
Media consideration expanded around the season of her 25th birthday celebration in January 2007, provoking notices from both the Prince of Wales and Prince William and from Middleton’s legal advisors, who debilitated lawful activity. Two daily paper gatherings, News International, which distributes The Times and the Sun; and the Guardian Media Group, distributers of The Guardian, chose to cease from distributing paparazzi photos of her. Middleton went to Prince William’s Passing Out Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 15 December 2006.