Prince William and Kate Middleton Had Their Weekend Bonding At Their Adelaide Cottage House08/27/2023
Kate Middleton was spotted on an errand this morning alongside Prince William and the family’s ‘no frills’ move to their new home in Windsor, despite rumors, that the royal family was planning to renovate it.
According to Vogue, Kensington Palace confirmed today that the royal couple and their three children are relocating to Windsor, England. One of the reasons is the school. This fall, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will enroll at Lambrook School in Berkshire, a 15-minute drive from their new home of Adelaide Cottage. A senior royal source told ABC News that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible and desire the relative privacy that suburbia provides. They would also be closer to the queen, who recently moved to Windsor Castle full-time.
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The Cambridges also stated that they wouldn’t leave London for good and said to be keeping their home and offices at Kensington Palace, as well as their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
They set up their new home on the grounds of Windsor Great Park.
Built-in 1831 by Sir Jeffry Wyatville, the cottage was originally a teahouse for Queen Adelaide. It became an idyllic, upscale guesthouse—a reputation also held by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home of Frogmore: “Initially, Adelaide Cottage had a similar status to Frogmore House. Important visitors to Windsor in 1830 regularly describe visits to first one then the other royal ‘summer retreat,’” Jane Roberts writes in her 1997 book Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor. The architectural movement was defined by intentionally asymmetrical rustic cottages, often with playful ornamentation on the roof.
Adelaide Cottage has certainly been modernized since the days of Queen Victoria and Peter Townsend. In the 1940s, when Townsend lived there, he asked for central heating, but his request was denied. Later on, after he moved out, renovations were made in 1955. Then more renovations took place over the years until 2015 when it appears that an extensive renovation took place at Adelaide Cottage.
The estate’s original furnishings included “chastely elegant” furniture from nearby Royal Lodge and an expansive garden, making it a perfect place to come home to.
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Sources: Daily Mail, Vogue
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