More recently, the Duke invited the editorial team of gay magazine Attitude into the newly refurbished apartments.Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since 1689, when King William III and Queen Mary II bought Nottingham House for £20,000.When staying in a hotel, you have two options for breakfast, lunch and dinner: eat out, or order room service.But former restaurateur Nick O'Neill has come up with a third option: cooking meals on an iron.One of the rooms was the drawing room which overlooks the rose garden and outside courtyard and was at one time connected to the dining room. The rooms, whose walls are adorned with an impressive collection of paintings believed to be on loan from the Queen’s private collection, are part of Apartments 8 and 9, the marital home of Charles and Diana, which became the Princess’s official residence after their divorce.
Nick covers the heated metal plate on an iron with tin foil, and uses the surface to cook everything from meat and fish to pastry - and he insists the results taste just as good as if they were whipped up with an oven. Covered in tin foil, it can cook anything.'Nick says nothing is off limits when it comes to cooking on an iron, from meat and fish to mushrooms and even pastry.
Princess Margaret, who lived there for 42 years, was known to entertain celebrities such as Vidal Sassoon, Mary Quant and Peter Sellers.
Following Princess Diana’s death, her rooms were turned into offices for four of Prince Charles’s charities and, at one point, housed the office for General Sir David Richards, then Chief of the Defence Staff.
‘The idea is that he and Kate will become the second Prince and Princess of Wales to live at Kensington Palace.’According to a biography of the Queen by TV presenter Andrew Marr, aides of Prince Charles have discussed his plans to live between Clarence House and Windsor when he accedes to the throne, with a source saying the Prince could even turn Buckingham Palace into a public museum and events centre.‘It makes total sense,’ says Royal author Ingrid Seward.
‘They have two lovely new reception rooms which are great spaces for them to have meetings and officially entertain.