Royal insiders have revealed that William and Kate are eyeing up a move to Adelaide Cottage, a royal family ‘grace and favour’ property located just 10 minutes’ walk from the Queen’s residence in Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking for a permanent home to settle their three young kids – George, eight, Charlotte, seven and Louis, four.
Adelaide Cottage is said to be the pair’s first choice as it has recently been refurbished and would be well-suited to a family of five aiming to move sooner rather than later.
Other options on the table, such as Frogmore House which Will and Kate recently visited, are thought to be too expensive to renovate and adapt to comfortably serve as a family home.
A royal insider told The Sun: ‘Finding a way to make Adelaide Cottage work seems to be the best and only option.
‘There are issues with all the other houses, so Adelaide will be the favourite.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking for a permanent home to settle their three young kids – George, eight, Charlotte, seven and Louis, four
Adelaide Cottage is said to be the pair’s first choice as it has recently been refurbished and would be well-suited to a family of five aiming to move sooner rather than later
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George attending a special pantomime performance at the London’s Palladium in 2020
If the Cambridges were to move into Adelaide cottage, the family would live just a 10 minute walk from the Queen’s residence at Windsor
Built in 1831, the cottage is officially owned by the Queen but has long been used as a guesthouse for friends of the royal family.
The recent renovations mean the property, named after Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV, could be ideally suited to the Cambridges who are said to want to send their three young children to the same schools in Windsor.
Will and Kate currently move between Anmer Hall at Sandringham in Norfolk, and West London’s Kensington Palace, and are now looking for a proper family home.
Will and Kate currently move between Anmer Hall at Sandringham in Norfolk, and West London’s Kensington Palace (pictured), and are now looking for a proper family home
A general view of the front of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate
News of the Cambridge’s house hunt comes as their daughter Charlotte celebrates her seventh birthday today.
Photographs taken by the Duchess of Cambridge showed Charlotte flashing a toothy grin alongside the family’s new pet.
Prince William and Kate have kept their new pup’s identity a secret until now. But the Daily Mail can reveal that the little spaniel is named Orla.
Kate’s three pictures of her spirited daughter – a princess who adores ballet but can also give her brother George a run for his money on the football pitch – capture her natural joie de vivre.
Princess Charlotte, who turns seven on May 2, has been pictured with her pet dog – whose name has just been revealed as Orla
The young princess was sat down in the spring bluebells of Norfolk, at the family’s country home Anmer Hall
Charlotte sat cheerily for the camera as her mother Kate took a selection of photos in the garden of their family home in Norfolk
Laughing into the lens, Charlotte wears a blue patterned blouse and jumper, and clutches a posy of freshly picked daisies in her hand.
Facially the fourth-in-line to the throne bears a striking resemblance to big brother George – but with her mother’s brunette hair and green eyes.
The pictures were taken at the family’s country home Anmer Hall over the weekend, where they were also joined by little Orla. She was given to the family in the summer of 2020 by the duchess’s brother, James Middleton.
She proved to be a great source of comfort when they lost Lupo, their first black spaniel, in November 2020.
Kate and William had doted on Lupo since they got him as a puppy in 2012 – a year after they married. However, they so jealously guarded his privacy that they refused to confirm his identity at first, let alone reveal his name, until Kate let it slip in an incident dubbed ‘Puppygate’.
While Lupo was the Italian for ‘wolf’, Orla – whose name has also been kept under wraps for two years – is Celtic in origin and means ‘golden princess’.
It is not known why the couple chose it but they later said they liked the name Lupo so it may be the same for their new pet.