Earlier this week, royal expert Angela Levin said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would announce their plans to move to Windsor either “next week” or around Christmastime. Prince William and Kate Middleton are known to be actively planning to relocate from Kensington Palace and according to a new report, they could be handed the gift of living at Windsor Castle from the Queen – the same gift Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had apparently previously desired.
But how different will it be to live in an apartment in Windsor Castle vs the 20-room apartment they currently reside in Kensington Palace in London?
The Crown Estate boasts more than 230 properties, meaning that Her Majesty has incredible variety when it comes to gifting family members a grace and favour home. (Translation: Here, have a free house.)”
“William and Kate have been talking to their close friends about leaving Kensington Palace where they feel very overlooked,” a royal source recently told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl. They are said to have an apartment inside the 1000-room Castle following “discussions with the Queen” they are “seriously considering the move”.
Not only are there “options” at Windsor Castle, but they would be “close to the Queen” so it “makes sense to the family”.To add to this, Kate’s family live close by, if she were to move to Windsor Castle, she would be less than an hours drive to her parents Carole Middleton and closer to her sister Pippa Matthews and her family.
One factor affecting the Cambridge’s move is the children and their schooling.Moving in the middle of a school term can be difficult, hence why before Christmastime means they can start a new term at a new school.
Should they move to Windsor Castle, how will the new residence compare to Kensington Palace?William and Kate currently live in Kensington Palace which is set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
It is a short walk from Hyde Park and just minutes from other royal residences including Buckingham Palace. The couple lives in apartment 1A with their three children and it is said to contain 20 rooms split over four levels.Photographs taken from inside the home show grand and intricately carved ceilings and ornate carpets. Many of the rooms – like Kate and William’s separate offices – boast muted tones.
The royal palace also has stunning gardens. It is just one of eight royal parks and covers an area of 265 acres.Windsor Castle on the other hand, which has been inhabited for almost 1,000 years has been decorated to suit certain monarchs and their requirements.Inside, it is very luxurious and regal with brightly colour bedrooms, original fireplaces and historic artwork. The dining room’s most impressive feature is its intricately carved ceiling which was completely restored after a fire ripped through part of the building in 1992.
There is also the Crimson Drawing Room, the Green Drawing Room, the White Drawing Room and St. George’s Hall. It is likely Prince William and Kate will get to redecorate their apartment to suit their tastes should they move into the Castle.
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