THESE intimate photos show inside Kensington Palace for the first time since its £4.5 million tax-payer funded facelift, according to The Sun. The revealing snaps were taken as President Obama and wife Michelle visited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their 22-room apartment.
They show a lavish interior – that YOU helped pay for – littered with personal items and other treasures. Among them are family photos, including of Princess Diana and Kate’s parents, a book of wildlife photography, grand works of art…and a table full of booze.
A 70cl bottle of Smirnoff Vodka and a bottle of Gordon’s gin, both of which cost £14 in Tesco, can be seen on a table in the corner of the room. There is also a picture of a teenage Prince William, a sultry black and white snap of Kate – possibly on her wedding day – and a family shot of the royals in front of the Pyramids of Egypt.
The Duke and Duchess, who recently returned from a tour of India, were also keen to show off gifts they received from the Obamas. A hand made wooden rocking horse and a stuffed teddy version of the White House dog, Bo – a Portuguese Water dog – were proudly on display.
A photograph taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino of the late Princess Diana playing with her sons in a flower garden in 1988 takes pride of place. Images show the VIP foursome in deep conversation. The Obamas also met little Prince George, who was allowed to stay up late for the special visit.
Princess Charlotte did not meet the Obamas as she went to bed earlier. They enjoyed a ‘casual dinner’ and posed for official photos – Kate modelling a £325 LK Bennett dress.