London: Kensington Palace will be the official London residence of the newly-wed Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. They are to move into his mother Princess Diana's former home where William has spent his boyhood until Diana's death in a 1997 car crash.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pick up the keys to a "small" apartment at the Palace within weeks. "It is the place where William grew up. He has many happy memories. William showed Kate around while they were looking for a suitable home before their wedding and she liked it very much," an insider was quoted as saying.

However, the couple will not be able to move into apartments eight and nine as they are currently being used as office space. The move to a smaller apartment will be temporary as it's not big enough to begin a family.
   
A spokesman for the couple said: "We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official London residence will temporarily become a property at Kensington Palace."

In the days leading up to their wedding, 28-year- old Prince William took Kate, 29, to see Princess Diana's old apartment at the Palace. He wanted to share his childhood memories while discussing their options.

Apartments eight and nine were combined in 1981 to create the London residence of the Prince of Wales and Diana after their wedding. Princes William and Harry went to local nursery and pre-prep schools in nearby Notting Hill.
   
Diana carried on living there after her separation from Prince Charles in 1992 and divorce four years later.

(Agencies)