The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are believed to be eyeing a move to Adelaide Cottage, a property a ten-minute walk from the Queen’s new official residence, Windsor Castle.
In March of this year, the Queen made the historic castle, founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, her permanent residence and official residence. She used to consume more Windsor Castle as a weekend house only and her residence during Easter and Royal Ascot week, Buckingham Palace being her official home.
The monarch appears to have started a trend. Prince William and Kate Middleton are now said to be interested in moving to Windsor with their three children George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four.
According to the Daily Mail Royal Correspondent Rebecca EnglishThe Cambridges have been planning a move to Berkshire since 2021 and “have enrolled Prince George in a new school there, where he is expected to be joined by his siblings in September”.
As well as being close to the Queen, Adelaide Cottage is also closer to Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who have lived for a decade at Bucklebury Manor, a Grade II listed seven-bedroom Georgian estate also in Berkshire.
Built in 1831 as a retreat for William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the cottage is the Cambridges’ “best and only option”, according to a royal insider The sun‘s royal correspondent Matt Wilkinson. The property is believed to have been renovated as recently as 2015, and William and Kate are aiming to move in as early as this summer.
Grace and Favor residence.
Over the years, Adelaide Cottage has been used as a ‘grace and favour’ residence for royal friends including Peter Townsend, the Battle of Britain pilot and equerry to King George VI, who between 1944 was the divorced lover of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, was and 1952.
The estate was last home to Simon Rhodes, the son of the Queen’s cousin and best friend, Margaret Rhodes, who died in 2016, English told the Daily Mail. It is believed to have “original features such as a Greco-Egyptian marble fireplace and a master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling decorated with gilded dolphins”.
As well as being used for royal friends, the cottage was also favored by Queen Victoria, “who often had tea or breakfast in this picturesque spot,” she said Magazine women and home.
Sources confirmed to the Mail that Princess Eugenie was hoping to secure the home for her family – husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son August, who turned one in February – when they eventually move out Frogmore Cottage.
But “there is no doubt that the Cambridges and their children – all lineal heirs to the throne – would get a preliminary ruling if the worst came to the worst,” English said.
It is believed that William and Kate considered Frogmore House as their new home but decided it would be too expensive to refurbish and adapt to comfortably fit their family of five. Fort Belvedere, home of the family of Canadian billionaire Galen Weston, was also on the Cambridges’ list of potential new homes, according to sources.
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