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There has been something of a stir in the U.K. as of late as the cost of the renovations to Kensington Palace creeps higher, now totaling 4.5 million pounds (equal to some 7.7 million U.S. dollars). The "basic cost" for these renovations-which will include the removal of asbestos from the structure-will come out of the "public purse," though Prince William and Kate Middleton have said they will pay for "curtains, carpets, and furniture," and similar items.
And during an annual briefing held yesterday, in London, it was revealed that one of the components of the renovation will be the addition of a second kitchen in Kate and William's four-story apartment, which takes up more than half of one wing of the palace. There is already a 350-square-foot kitchen within their living quarters (designed by Lord Snowdon), which, per the Daily Mail, has already been renovated to the tune of about $290,000 (again, paid for by the taxpayers). But the couple has decided they would like an additional "private, family kitchen," which will be created out of an existing office space (which, if this is anything like our parents' home "office space," is no doubt filled almost exclusively with piles of hardcover pop psychology books and heaps of old sweaters).
Officials apparently "stressed" yesterday at the briefing that this second kitchen will be paid for entirely by William and Kate. When pressed as to whether Prince Charles will be helping them out with the funds, a spokesman replied, "Many young couples when doing up houses seek help from their parents or grandparents. There may have been some assistance." So swap out Prince Charles with your parents, and exchange "glam second kitchen" with "these kiiiinda expensive shoes that I don't, like, need-need, but would be really nice with that green sweater you gave me for Christmas, you know the one?" and you're basically Kate Middleton.
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