Royal family: Prince William and Kate Middleton “want to exchange their palace for a castle on the death of the queen”
While no one appreciates her, it’s safe to assume that the day will soon come when the Queen will pass away and the Royal Household will undergo a reshuffle.
When Prince Charles becomes king, he will have his choice of royal properties, as will his eldest son, Prince William, as well as Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
With the availability of the Queen’s usual residences at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral, William and Kate may well have their eyes set on one.
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According to a royal source of Sunday mail , Prince Charles intends to radically “downsize” the monarchy upon his ascension to the throne, with “the question of property” on his to-do list.
The source said The mail : “The central point is: when the queen is no longer there, how can we effectively distribute two generations of the family over a large enough number of properties?
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“The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places must offer something to the public beyond just being a place to live for members of the Royal Family. Everything is seen through the prism of the question:” What value does this offer to the public?
“Everyone agrees that it makes no sense to run so many residences, but if you abandon them altogether you will never get them back when Prince George and the younger Royals grow up and need a place to live.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge currently split their family life between two residences, the first being Kensington Palace in central London.
The second is further north in Norfolk, a country mansion called Anmer Hall, based on the Sandringham estate and given to them as a wedding present by the Queen.
However, when available, William and Kate would be keen to move into Windsor Castle according to a friend of Prince Charles who spoke to the Online Mail .
“Charles doesn’t like Windsor because it’s quite loud,” the source said.
“His point of view is that if he heads towards Windsor, he might as well continue to Highgrove in Gloucestershire.”
Therefore, there is a way for Kate and William to turn Windsor Castle into a dream family home.
And with 1,000 rooms, they certainly can’t complain about running out of space if they do.
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