Royal Residences: George and Charlotte’s Childhood Homes

Although William, Kate, George and new baby Charlotte will be spending a good amount of time at their home in Norfolk for the next few months, there are two other key homes that will serve a significant role in raising George and Charlotte– Kensington Palace and the Middleton family home in Bucklebury. Since I live across the pond, I am not very familiar with the UK and where these homes are located. So, I have mapped it out for you with all the details about the three homes that the Cambridges will spend their time at!

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.16.26 PM The northernmost point on the map represents Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. If you go south, the next point (the red pin) shows Kensington Palace. To the west of Kensington Palace is the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.

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Anmer Hall details

  • Location: Norfolk, England; Part of the Queen’s 20,000 acre Sandringham Estate
  • Size: 10 bedrooms
  • Includes private tennis court and swimming pool
  • Built in the 18th Century

Anmer Hall was a given to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a wedding gift from the Queen. Before George was born, the home underwent a £1.5 million remodeling. This home is located in Norfolk which is close to where William will return to work in the next few weeks as a helicopter pilot.

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The home has been updated with various renovations including a new roof and more trees to provide security and seclusion from the public. This will be a great place to raise George and Charlotte because of its privacy and sprawling acres to play with the children. Obviously there will be lots of security officers as well.

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Although Kensington Palace is the Cambridge family’s official residence, it is speculated that the family will take up permanent residence at Anmer Hall.

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The pictures above are exterior and aerial shots of Anmer Hall. The picture of the kitchen was taken when the former residents lived there. It has been said that William and Kate had added their own personal touches to the house since moving in.

Middleton Family Home

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Details

  • Location: Bucklebury, Berkshire
  • Size: 7 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms
  • Sits on 18 acres of land
  • Provides seclusion from the public

Located in the small town of Bucklebury, the Middleton family home is where George spent his first weeks as a newborn. William, Kate and George moved in with Carole and Michael for about 6 weeks to adjust to life with a newborn baby.

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The $7 million Georigian manor is situated on 18 acres of land and provides much more privacy than the Middleton’s previous house.

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Isn’t that view just amazing?!? This picture was taken from the back porch! The rolling hills allow a place where George and Charlotte can play in the upcoming years!

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This is an interior picture of the kitchen from the previous owners. I’m sure the Middletons put their own personal touches on the home after purchasing it.

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Here is a small glimpse into what Berkshire looks like. Very quaint and lush! The population is approximately 2,100 people. Isn’t it beautiful? I would love to visit here someday!

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The Old Boot In is a small pub in Berkshire which Kate and the Middletons frequent. The owner of the pub, John Haley, was even invited to the royal wedding in 2011! The Old Boot Inn even held it’s own royal wedding party for those who were not invited to the wedding.

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The Middleton family home in Berkshire is only about 120 miles from Anmer Hall. Not too far, but also not around the corner either. I’m sure Carole will make many trips to Norfolk to help Kate out and visit with her grandchildren…like any grandmother would do!

Kensington Palace

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*Although Kensington Palace is huge, William and Kate reside in Apartment 1a… so all the following details are for Apt. 1a, not the whole palace*

Details

  • Location: London
  • Size: 20 rooms, 3 kitchens, 2 nurseries; roughly the length of one city block!
  • Built in 1605, KP started as just a two-story mansion.
  • Apartment 1a underwent a $1 million renovation before William and Kate moved in.

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The red circles shows where Apartment 1a is located in the Palace.

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Among the renovations and updates to 1a:

  • A Persian rug worth about $50,000
  • His and Her bathrooms
  • Panic Room, designed to look like any other room
  • Three kitchens- two for staff, one for the family and their chef
  • Subtle color schemes
  • Wifi and security cameras in every room

Although Kensington Palace is the most public of the Cambridge family’s residencies, Kate doesn’t let the lack of privacy keep her indoors. She has been spotted out in Kensington Gardens multiple times walking Lupo, pushing George in his pram, strolling with William and even chatting with her brother James!

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Kensington Palace is approximately 96 miles from Anmer Hall and 45 miles from the Middleton family home in Berkshire.

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That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed reading about where the Cambridge family spends their time! Watch out for next week’s post! 🙂

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