Kate Middleton and Prince William are set to make a move away from Kensington Palace as one royal expert brands the home a "glorious prison".
After a family summer break at their country estate of Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are believed to be moving their main home out of Kensington Palace and into Adelaide Cottage, a four-bedroomed 19th-century cottage on the Windsor estate.
The move to Windsor will not only allow Kate and Wills to be closer to Her Majesty the Queen but also make it easier for them to visit Kate's mum and dad some 40 minutes away in Bucklebury Manor, Berkshire.
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William and Kate are also expected to take on more royal duties as Her Majesty’s mobility issues continue to restrict her diary.
Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith told The Sun: “William and Kate are going to have their hands full this summer as they move home to be nearer the Queen and settle the kids into a new school. But I think they are ready for the next chapter in their lives.”
Adelaide Cottage was first built in 1831 and named for William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide. Its master bedroom features ornamental rope work originally used on the royal yacht, HMY Royal George
The cottage was renovated in 2016, so the royal couple may not need to do much work to it now.
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Royal biographer and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, added: “I think Wills and Kate need space to bring up their children.
"Kensington Palace is a glorious prison for kids… they want to be able to play football without being watched from behind the gates.
“I think Windsor will be perfect for them, as they will have lots of freedom and they can all be at school together.”
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already left the £7000-a-term Thomas’s Battersea Prep School in south-west London, and are set to start at a new local school in Berkshire this September, alongside their younger brother Prince Louis.
Lambrook School, another fee-paying primary that acts as feeder for exclusive schools such as Eton, Harrow and Charterhouse, is believed to be the current favourite.
The younger Cambridges, too, are set to take on a more active role in the royal family as Prince Charles readies himself to become king and his eldest son William will take on the mantle of the Prince of Wales.
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