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Ethiomonarchist

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After much negotiation and the personal intervention of the Queen herself, the charity "Historic Royal Palaces" which manages such landmarks as the Tower of London agreed to give back Princess Margaret's four floor central wing of Kensington Palace (refered to by the misleadingly modest name of Apartment 1A) to the Royal Household so that it can be refurbished as the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  The former home of Princess Margaret makes up the central and front facade of the Palace and is the largest and grandest of the apartments that make up the building (Princess Diana's large apartment was in the back).  The Duke and Duchess had moved into the small Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of the Palace as their London residence, but it was always regarded as temporary digs until the couple relocated permanently to the capital from Wales.  Prince Harry is expected to take over the cottage eventually.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058109/Kate-Middleton-Prince-William-to-Kensington-Palace.html

There is also some talk that now that Princess Margaret is no longer there to voice her objections, the statue of William III that stands outside the Palace will be replaced by a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales.  I'm not sure why William III should be removed and replaced, but nothing suprises me anymore...*sigh*

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058384/Prince-William-Kate-Middleton-erect-statue-Diana-Kensington-Palace.html

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Hooray, 1,000th thread in this section of the forum! Hooray!
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[...]There is also some talk that now that Princess Margaret is no longer there to voice her objections, the statue of William III that stands outside the Palace will be replaced by a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales.  I'm not sure why William III should be removed and replaced, but nothing suprises me anymore...*sigh*

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058384/Prince-William-Kate-Middleton-erect-statue-Diana-Kensington-Palace.html

While I appreciate the fact that Princess Diana was Prince William's mother, I'm also unsure why replacing William III's statue with one of her is necessary. Hopefully, the talk is just that. Only talk.
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While I remember Diana, Princess of Wales with affection, respect and admiration, her much-chronicled faults notwithstanding, it is ridiculous to suggest that she is remotely as significant a historical figure as William III and II, and this proposal is as moronic as it is outrageous. Bad cess to it and its backers. And good luck to the Duke and Duchess in their new home when they move into it, hopefully to see the same venerable statue when they look out of their windows as is there now.
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