The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to move out of Kensington Palace in the New Year, it has been announced. Their new home will be Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate. The property is currently being restored ready for their move in early 2019 – in time for the birth of their first child in the spring.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the move, saying: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”
Situated on a 35-acre estate, the property will afford the couple greater privacy than they currently enjoy living in London.
Frogmore Cottage is a Grade II listed, white stucco property, built at the start of the 19th-century. It is situated on the Frogmore Estate in Windsor Castle Home Park – a half-hour walk from St George’s Chapel, where the couple married in May.
The cottage was built for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, but it was also popular with Queen Victoria. Its close proximity to the River Thames means area attracts frogs – hence the name Frogmore.
A planning application for the restoration of the house has been lodged with the local council. Details have not been disclosed but it is thought that renovations are likely to include increased security to the property.
Frogmore House is only open to the public on three charity open days each year and for pre-booked groups during August. Tickets for future visits are likely to be very hot property!
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