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Friday
Jan062012

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Security Plans Made Public

Andrew Holt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The blueprints for security upgrades to the Kensington Palace apartment Prince William and Kate Middleton will soon call home have been made public, exposing the high-profile royal couple to potential security threats, royal and security experts say.

The planned, updated protection measures for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new home, which they plan to occupy next year, were made available for public viewing at the request of the local Kensington town council.

Members of the public can see the upgrades, said to include an “air lock” double-door system, advanced CCTV system, special pop-up bollards and spiked railings, at the Kensington town by showing just a passport or driver’s license photo identification.

The potential security breach comes the same week that a dead body was discovered on the grounds of the royal family’s vacation retreat at Sandringham Estate, just one mile from the home where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are currently staying, and where Prince William and Kate joined them to celebrate Christmas.

“After the Queen, they are the most important members of the royal family,” Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to the Queen, told ABC News, of Will and Kate.

“Therefore, they are very much the most at risk,” he said.

The Kensington council says it is following guidance issued by the central U.K. government and not backing down, despite a plea from Buckingham Palace to keep all security measures for the couple’s home private.

The plans are not available online.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb152011

Where Will Prince William and Kate Middleton Call Home?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Call off the realtors! Once Prince William and Kate Middleton become husband and wife, it looks like they'll want to call Kensington Palace home. Although Queen Elizabeth has offered Buckingham Palace to the couple, it's been reported that Prince William prefers to live at the same palace where he grew up.

And within Kensington, it's speculated Kate Middleton has a favorite among her options for a new home. She has looked at Princess Diana's apartment, the residence her fiancé called home after Diana and Charles split, but Kate is apparently all about Princess Margaret's former apartment, No. 1A in Kensington Palace, according to the Daily Mail.

A source told the Daily Mail, "Kate loves the fact the palace is close to all her favorite shops but is still private."

But renovations are underway at Kensington Palace including the restoration of Princess Margaret's apartment, which is supposed to be open to the public upon it is completion. Could this hinder Kate's plans to have the home she is most keen on?

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