Changes are brewing at House Cambridge, as Duchess Kate and Prince William prepare to move to the idyllic grounds of Windsor Castle with their children.
It was announced yesterday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are moving from Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, London, to a four-bedroom cottage in Windsor.
According to a royal source, the decision to move was mainly driven by the Duke and Duchess’s desire to give their three children as “normal” an upbringing as possible.
The move means Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) will no longer attend the exclusive London school of St Thomas’s Battersea, but will become students at Lambbrook School, which is a ten-minute drive from their new home of Adelaide Cottage. .
They are expected to be joined at Lambbrook by their brother Prince Louis (4.)
The private coeducational school is nestled in “52 acres of idyllic Berkshire countryside”.
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The cost of sending their three children to Lambrook – which the BBC says includes a ’25m swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, orchard with bees, chickens and pigs’ – will cost Kate and William more than £50,000 ($59,000) a year.
Berkshire County is not only home to Cambridge Children’s New School and Windsor Castle, but also “Middleton Manor” where Kate’s parents Carole and Michael live.
Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton also recently bought a “magnificent Georgian mansion” in Berkshire with her husband James Matthews.
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Pippa’s $17.6 million home features more than 30 rooms as well as an enclosed garden and greenhouses.
Although Adelaide Cottage is on the Windsor Estate and a short walk from Queen Elizabeth II’s home, Windsor Castle (which last year became her permanent home after the 96-year-old monarch also decided to leave London), the property is a much more modest affair than Pippa’s house or even the other two properties the Cambridges call home.
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The Grade II listed cottage was built in 1831 to house Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV. From 1944 to 1952 it was home to Captain Peter Townsend, who lived there with his wife while he was equerry to King George VI and who caused a scandal when his relationship with the king’s youngest daughter, Princess Margaret , was revealed.
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A big change for Kate and William is that Adelaide Cottage has no live-in staff accommodation. Instead, their employees, including Nanny Maria, will live in separate residences on the estate.
However, their decision to keep both flat 1A in London and their Norfolk home at Anmer Hall sparked great controversy, particularly in the face of Britain’s escalating cost of living crisis and taxpayers’ money that the Cambridges have. already spent renovating these properties.
Despite its modest name, Apartment 1A is spread over three floors and has more than 20 rooms, of which, according to the Daily Mail“five reception rooms, three main bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms, a night and day nursery, staff bedrooms and ‘ancillary’ rooms” with “its own large enclosed garden facing south”.
More than £4.5 million ($5.2 million) of public money has been spent to turn flat 1A into a suitable home for the future king and his heirs.
Even more controversially, the Duke and Duchess of Anmer Hall’s country home cost taxpayers more than £1.5million ($2.3million) in renovations. The 10-bedroom mansion was a wedding gift from the Queen to Kate and William.
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Adelaide Cottage is close to Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, also on the Windsor Estate, and which was also a wedding gift from the Queen. However, the property was in a dilapidated state at the time, leading the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to spend $3 million of taxpayers’ money to convert it from five separate apartments into a single-family residence.
When the couple moved to California, they repaid the $3 million in full.
Most recently, the Sussexes rented Frogmore Cottage from Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, but the couple recently moved to Portugal with their one-year-old son August.
Frogmore Cottage is where Meghan and Harry held a birthday party for their daughter Lilibet, who turned one during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Then Princess Eugenie debuted a new Platinum Jubilee tattoo and revealed her son August’s red hair!