• Kensington Palace, next to London’s Hyde Park, is currently home to 15 high-ranking royals.
  • But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving out in early 2019 in preparation of the birth of their first child.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be moving to Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
  • They had been living in a cottage on the palace grounds, where Harry first proposed.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton are among the royal neighbors they will lose when they move.
  • The Queen and Prince Philip live in Buckingham Palace, about 2 miles away from Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving out of Kensington Palace to set up a new home in the grounds of Windsor Castle to prepare for their first child, leaving their royal neighbors behind.

The couple currently shares the royal residence with more than a dozen other major royals, but they will move to Frogmore Cottage in early 2019.

Kensington Palace palace, a royal residence since the 1600s, is easily the most bustling of the royal family’s many grand homes. Its resident were at the centre of the two royal weddings and royal birth this year.

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A view of Kensington Palace, featuring a statue of its first royal inhabitant, William III.

Within its grounds are a host of separate properties, ranging from relatively humble cottages, to the grand 20-room apartment occupied by Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their young family.

As well as royal living quarters, which tend to be relatively sedately decorated, it is also home to lavish state rooms used for grand occasions, like this one:

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One of Kensington Palace’s many grand interior rooms, which are occasionally opened to the public.

Harry and Meghan have been living in Nottingham College:

While they may be moving soon, until now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in a two-bed cottage in the palace grounds.

They lived there before they got married on May 19, and came back two days after the ceremony to make it their marital home.

The cottage, nicknamed “Nott Cott” and often described as “snug,” has been Harry’s home since 2013.

Meghan moved in just after their engagement was made public in November 2017. Harry proposed to Meghan when they were spending an evening together at Nottingham Cottage, surprising her while they were roasting a chicken.

After announcing their engagement, they gave an interview from the cottage, sitting on its sofa, which is one of the only times the public has seen inside:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave an interview from Nottingham College following their engagement. BBC News

They will leave Kensington Pace behind in early 2019.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s who, and where they live in Kensington Palace:

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis:
Apartment 1A

William, Kate, and their children are not only the largest group of royals in Kensington Palace but the closest to the throne.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have the best rooms going. The family of five occupies Apartment 1A, a collection of 20 stately rooms with a commanding view of Hyde Park.

They moved to Kensington Palace full time in October 2013, not long after their first child, Prince George, was born. Princess Charlotte followed in 2015, and Prince Louis in April 2018.

The public rarely get to see inside, but photographers were allowed to take photos of a reception room when William and Kate hosted the Obamas in 2016:

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We also saw another view (or maybe even another room) where Prince George played on a rocking horse before meeting the US president.

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Duke of Gloucester and Duchess of Gloucester: Apartment 1

The Duke of Gloucester, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins, and his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester, were the last to reside in Apartment 1. It isn’t clear whether they moved out during the renovation work.

It is also not clear if they continued to live in the apartment while renovations were underway. British newspaper The Sun had previously reported that the couple offered to vacate the property to make way for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, though this plan has not come to fruition in light of their move to Windsor.

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The Duchess and Duke of Gloucester in 2016.

Like William and Kate’s home at 1A, the dwelling is a large complex of rooms in the main palace building. The two used to be one enormous set of rooms until they were divided in the 1950s.

The complex has 21 rooms, slightly pipping the size of William and Kate’s, but few details are available other than its overall size.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank: Ivy Cottage

The newest royals at Kensington Palace are Princess Eugenie, who is William’s and Harry’s cousin, and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, a London socialite.

According to The Sun, the couple moved into a cottage right next to Harry and Meghan’s about the same time Kate was in the hospital delivering Prince Louis.

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Princess Eugenie’s engagement photo with Jack Brooksbank. It was taken in Buckingham Palace.

The couple announced their engagement in January, a few weeks after getting engaged while vacationing in Nicaragua.

They got married at Windsor Castle in the same chapel as Harry and Meghan on October 12, but the occasion attracted less publicity.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent: Apartment 10

Prince Michael of Kent, another of the queen’s cousins but from a more junior line, lives in the main palace building with his wife.

She is known as Princess Michael, in the old-fashioned tradition by which the wives of princes take their husband’s name.

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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent in 2016.

This same rule means that Kate can technically be referred to as Princess William of Cambridge, and Meghan as Princess Henry of Wales, but the names are not widely used.

Their apartment, No. 10, consists of five bedrooms and five receptions rooms. They used to have use of the property rent-free, but since 2008 they have been paying a reported£10,000 ($13,600) per month in rent.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent: Wren House

The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael’s older brother, also lives in the Kensington Palace grounds with his wife, the Duchess.

Their home, Wren House, is named after the famous British architect Christopher Wren, who built St Paul’s Cathedral and several properties for the royal household.

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The Duke and Duchess of Kent in 2014.

Few details about their home have ever been made public. It is physically between Ivy and Nottingham cottages and appears to be of a similar size.

What about the queen?

Queen Elizabeth II lives at Buckingham Palace with her husband, Prince Philip. It’s about 2 miles from Kensington Palace, across Hyde Park and Green Park.

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It’s not quite as cosy as living on the same property, but if Her Majesty ever wants to drop in on her cousins, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, they aren’t far away.