From Adelaide Cottage to Kensington Palace digs, William and Kate have their pick of royal properties
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are moving to the Adelaide cottage in Windsor with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis
LONDON, UK: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are moving to Windsor with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The decision from the royal couple came in order to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible. This fall, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will enroll at Lambrook School in Berkshire, a 15-minute drive from their new home of Adelaide Cottage. After moving to their new home, they would also be closer to the queen, who recently moved to Windsor Castle full-time.
Along with renting the gorgeous Adelaide Cottage, Prince Williams and Kate happen to own three other properties that they can reside in, if they so choose. The properties of the royal couple include an apartment in London’s Kensington Palace, which they were living in till now. Then there is Anmer Hall in Norfolk, and Tam-Na-Ghar on the Balmoral estate.
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Want to learn more about the three properties plus the 'rental' cottage that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call home? Read on:
Kensington Palace Apartment 1A
Prince Williams and Kate were the proud residents of the apartment called "Kensington Palace Apartment 1A" — just one of the perks of being from the royal family. Kensington Palace holds its importance in the pages of royal history. Before Williams and Kate, notable royals including Queen Victoria when she was a Princess, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana all lived at this royal palace's wings.
It was refurbished at a cost of £4.5m to the taxpayer with a new roof and electrics, and the removal of asbestos. The palace has 20 rooms, five grand reception rooms, two nurseries for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, staff quarters, a gym, and a large private walled garden. For the surroundings, the palace also boosts a statue of Princess Diana that was recently unveiled at the Sunken Garden.
When Prince Williams and Kate moved to the palace, a Royal spokesperson said, “This is the Duke and Duchess’s one and only official residence. It is here that they plan to stay for many, many years to come.”
Anmer Hall, a 10-bedroom country retreat was a wedding gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from the Queen. The secluded red brick Georgian mansion sits on the monarch’s vast, private Sandringham estate in Norfolk and is a short drive from Sandringham House.
During the surge of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cambridges spent most of their time at the residence and adored the great outdoors the splendid location offers. Recently Kate oversaw some major renovation in the residence including the creation of a garden room, a re-landscaped front driveway, and a new nursery for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The renovation cost came to £1.5m, which was paid from the Royal family’s private fund.
Just like the Queen and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Williams and Kate also have their head-out cottage called Tam-Na-Ghar on the Balmoral estate. Tam-Na-Ghar is a private cottage — that’s why it has always been kept out of the headlines. It is said that the cottage is a gift to William from the Queen Mother shortly before her death in 2002.
William and Kate visited the cottage frequently as students during the early years of their relationship, and the property reportedly holds very happy memories for the royal couple.
The new four-bedroom house of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a pretty Grade II listed four-bedroom home nestled in Windsor’s Home Park. The house also holds a scandalous history of itself. The property was rebuilt more than 190 years ago as a cottage orne, or decorated cottage, for Queen Adelaide, the wife of William IV, to be used as a summer retreat.
Owned by the Crown Estate, the Duke and Duchess will pay market rent on the picturesque historic building which is close to Windsor Castle.