Why Prince William and Kate's apartment has two kitchens

And why as unusual living quarters go it's not a patch on Buckingham Palace

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Kensington Palace

The Royal Family's annual financial report revealed an unusual change to the apartment in Kensington Palace where Prince William, Kate and George stay in London. The apartment was completely overhauled at an astonishing cost of £4 million, so the Cambridge family have a four-storey crash pad whenever they are in town. Part of the refurbishments, the report showed, were a £17,000 overhaul of the 350 square foot kitchens. However, the family made the unusual choice of adding a second kitchen - a more modest family kitchen where they can prepare their own food.

A two-kitchen home seems a little bizarre, but it's a drop in the ocean compared to the unusual things you find at Buckingham Palace.

The report was at pains to point out that this second kitchen was paid for by the couple, but surely the fact that they've become a two-kitchen family in order to offer their son a slice of normal family life is more unusual.

Normal?

There's very little that's normal about being a Royal - from the moment your mum has her hairdresser brought into her hospital room to help her get ready to carry you to the car, your childhood is marked as being somewhat different to everyone else's

However, you can't blame the Cambridges for wanting the odd small moment of normality in an otherwise bizarre life. The Queen's parents tried something similar when they took over Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as a country home - where they could live on a more homely scale. Of course, being royal, things weren't entirely normal even in that property: the Queen had her own small cottage in the grounds which was a gift from the people of Wales.

If Kate and William's desire for a taste of normality leaves them with a home with twice as many kitchens as you might expect, then they can at least take some comfort from the fact that it's nothing compared to the weird and wonderful things you'd find on a tour of Buckingham Palace. Here are five of our favourites:

1. Buckingham Palace contains its own post office. It also has its own postcode: SW1A 1AA.

2. It has 52 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms.

3. There's a doctor's surgery on-site - and a room overlooking the garden was once used as an operating theatre, when King Edward VII required emergency surgery in 1902.

4. There are 1,514 doors and 760 windows in the palace. The windows are cleaned every six weeks.

5. There are secret tunnels connecting Clarence House, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament. The Queen Mother once toured the tunnels with King George VI - where they found a man who neither of them knew who said he was living there.