President Donald Trump is about to begin construction on a huge wall between America and Mexico. And, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are embarking on a new border of their own at Kensington Palace.
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are renowned for being concerned about their privacy and that of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. And, as they prepare to move back to Kensington Palace, London, from their current abode in Norfolk, they have decided to take measures to shield their family from the public gaze.
A team of gardeners have been spotted planting a huge 820 ft long barrier of conifers along the western side of the palace. It is estimated that the trees and the work will have cost upwards of £20,000, with the bill expected to be footed by the British taxpayer.
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Currently, people living in Kensington Palace Gardens, which has been dubbed Billionaires’ Row because of the price of property there, can see into the palace grounds through a metal fence. It is an area very popular with tourists, who come to catch a glimpse of the palace, hoping to see one of the royals.
Work began on the barrier earlier this week, and gardening experts said they believed the tress were English yews, which can reach more than 40 ft. The tallest specimens have been known to get to heights of 90 ft, and they grow around 1 ft annually.
Prince William and Kate are set to head back to London ahead of Prince George started school in September. By then, the Duke of Cambridge’s contract as an air ambulance pilot with East Anglia will have come to an end and the couple are expected to step up the amount of royal duties they carry out in a bid to take some of the pressure off the Queen, who is now 90.