Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new family home in Kensington Palace comes equipped with a panic room, which is frequently thought of as a modern necessity rather than a modern convenience in today’s world. Most weren’t acquainted with a panic room until Jody Foster and Kristen Stewart made good use of one in the movie, “Panic Room.”
According to US Magazine on Nov. 4, the panic room was recently built into Kate and William’s new 1A apartment at Kensington Palace. The family of three are surrounded by security, so the need for a panic room seems highly unlikely, but if there ever was a need, the panic room can act like a command central for the family of three.
A panic room is usually a hidden room and accessed by a hidden doorway. It is not a room that you want noticed because if you have the need for a panic room, then something horrific is going on around you and hiding is a good thing. Many of the new and elaborate panic rooms have their doors behind a fake bookcase or mirror, reports The Urbanist. You would imagine in a rambling old palace, there would be plenty of hidden doorways.
Kate and William’s panic room is no doubt a high-end room that is not as claustrophobic as some of the panic rooms out there today. ABC News archives report that panic rooms, now being called safe rooms, are becoming a symbol of wealth. Many offer their own air-cleaning systems, refrigerators, and other comforts of home, so if the need should arise to use the safe room, at least you are comfortable.
Because they have their own air-filtering system, panic rooms guard against biological warfare. Many of the rich and famous opt for building a panic room at home to have a safe place to retreat if they are ever victims of a home invasion. It is highly unlikely that Kate and William would ever need to worry about that, the palace has too much security to get through for even getting on the palace grounds.
Safe rooms also come with pressure-resistant windows along with Kevlar bulletproof panels that look like normal walls. The high-tech computers and video banks let the people inside the panic room monitor what is going on around them on the outside.
In the case of Kate and William’s safe room, one would imagine that it is equipped with the latest of technology. If the event should surface that Kate, William and George would need to barricade themselves in their panic room, that room will hold two future kings, so chances are it is top of the line.