Kensington Palace plans to open a new education centre next to Duchess Kate and Prince William’s home

By Zach Harper

Children and visitors to Kensington Palace will soon have the opportunity to learn about the Royal Family in a new educational centre that is soon to be built next to Duchess Kate and Prince William’s apartment at 1A.

The Kensington Palace Orangery Learning Centre will be housed in Queen Anne’s Orangery and is being funded by private donations and the Historic Royal Palaces’ reserves, according to the Daily Mail.

The building was originally constructed in 1704 and 1705 for Queen Mary II’s sister, Anne, who later became Queen. It will have a special extension built to create the centre, which the publication reports will also include a “lunch and afternoon tea restaurant,” space for a caterer and also an outdoor terrace for visitors to relax.

“Education is a very important thing, and they want to be able to teach younger children about the monarchy,” a source told the Daily Mail . “William and Kate are very much the idol royals and having the new centre here will be the perfect backdrop for the students to learn. They are trying to give out a positive message through this project: They are widely appreciated in society.”

The Orangery, seen here in 2014, has hosted plenty of marquee events at Kensington Palace, from weddings to advertising events. Photo: © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images For Advertising Week

Sources from the royal household and Historic Royal Palaces told the publication the centre is intended to “engage students” by letting them “explore the palace” and learn about the last 1,000 years of royal history in an immersive experience. A new garden is also in the works, which will reportedly link the Orangery “to the Cambridges’ home.”

It’s not known when the project will open yet.

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Given that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the future of the monarchy and are proud, engaged parents themselves who place huge emphasis on early learning through their charitable work, this makes perfect sense! We can’t think of a better way for the future King and his future Queen consort to ensure youth learn about their history and why the monarchy is important.

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