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Saturday, February 7, 1998 Published at 14:37 GMT


Princes move out of mother's home
image: [ Kensington Palace: The princes will say a last goodbye ]
Kensington Palace: The princes will say a last goodbye

Princes William and Harry will say a final farewell to Kensington Palace this weekend.

The boys are preparing to move out of their mother's home and into newly refurbished accommodation in York House, at St James's Palace, where their father Prince Charles lives.

The young princes have not spent a night at Kensington Palace since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, five months ago.

Last month they returned to pick out keepsakes and to decide which of their belongings they wanted in London and which should go to Highgrove, Prince Charles's Gloucestershire home.

[ image: William and Harry have selected keepsakes dear to their mother]
William and Harry have selected keepsakes dear to their mother
The move was timed to cause minimum distress and upheaval to William, 15 and 13-year-old Harry.

They are at boarding school and Charles is in Nepal on the latest stage of his three-nation tour.

The princes asked for the complete contents of their bedrooms at Kensington Palace to be moved to York House where a suite has been designed which replicates many of the features of their Kensington home.

The remainder of Diana's furniture and possessions will remain at Kensington Palace until a decision is made on what to do with them.

Prince Charles's current apartment at St James's Palace was thought too small to accommodate his sons in the long term. The boys will move into York House, which was previously occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Kent, later this month.

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