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Palaces & Buildings

The future King and Queen and their humble beginnings

While the Prince and Princess of Wales spend their time between Kensington Palace and Adelaide Cottage, one other home of theirs holds special meaning – Anmer Hall.

Located about 110 miles north of London and Northfolk, the home was a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth II following their 2011 wedding. It is where they lived after their nuptials and where the royals escape with their three children during school breaks, weekends, and holidays. Anmer Hall was also their base during much of the isolation period during the pandemic.

The country home is said to be where the Princess feels most at home and is also one of her favourite photoshoot spots. People have been able to get a glimpse of the property in portraits from their 2018 Christmas card and some of the annual birthday portraits of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Of course, they were all shot by Catherine, as she has a love for photography.

When they inherited the ten-bedroom home, the Princess took on interior designing, adding touches of her own to make it feel more like “home.” There was also a renovation featuring retiling of the roof, adding a covered patio, and adding a sunlit garden room to one side of the house. In addition, extra trees were planted, and the driveway was rerouted to help add more privacy.

Known for their love of tennis and being avid Wimbledon goers, the Prince and Princess also have a tennis court at Anmer Hall. According to an application filed by officials at Sandringham Estate, a new court was made of AstroTurf and bordered by a copper beech hedge in addition to oak trees. If tennis isn’t on the agenda, there is an outdoor swimming pool at the Georgian mansion.

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The Waleses moved their children to Anmer Hall in 2015 and used it as their primary residence until 2017. From 1972 to 1990, the home was leased to the Duke and Duchess of Kent as their country house. It was then rented to Hugh Van Cutsem, a close friend of King Charles III. During his residency, the house was often visited by the Prince of Wales and his brother, Prince Harry.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.