Royal Move: Take A Peek At Kate And William’s Gorgeous New Residence [Photos]

When you are the prince of England and heir apparent to the royal throne like William, it seems reasonable that your grandma (the Queen of England herself) would gift you with a countryside mansion for your 30th birthday. Prince William and his wife Kate are now preparing to move into Anmer Hall, located in Norfolk, with young George, in order to spend the next two years raising their child in the country.

This development comes after William and Kate recently spent millions refurbishing Kensington Palace, even to include a Peter Rabbit-themed nursery. The royal couple claims that Kensington Palace will remain their long-term, permanent home, but that the two miss the freedom the countryside affords them. As a source told The Mail: “William and Catherine are not pavement people; they prefer the countryside. They really miss Anglesey.” The source added: “They enjoy the quiet life they can have there, and feel somewhat imprisoned in the Palace. Anmer is going to be perfect for a couple of years – that is the plan.”

Kensington does have a private drive, a private courtyard and a walled garden, but the Palace itself overlooks the public Kensington Park Gardens, and so William and Kate often find themselves being photographed as they go about their business. It is said that Kate has even stopped walking George through the Kensington Park Gardens. And with William getting ready to begin his career as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance in the spring of 2015 – with the entirety of his salary to be donated – it seems as though the royal couple is putting a premium on privacy and safety. The move will also apparently make the commute to William’s new job much easier.

Anmer Hall is special to Prince William – he and his brother Harry spent a lot of time growing up there. It is located on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, and has undergone a renovation costing over a million dollars in preparation of Kate and William’s arrival – including the addition of a glass conservatory. Listed as a Grade II property, meaning that it is considered a building of particular importance, Anmer Hall was built in 1802. The house is of Georgian architecture, boasts of 10 bedrooms, and has both a tennis court and swimming pool. Located two miles from the Queen’s residence, Anmer is surrounded by about 20,000 acres of farmland, assuring that Kate can take walks with George without fear of having their picture constantly snapped.

What do you think of William and Kate’s new royal residence? Is it fit for a king…or, rather, a duke and his duchess?

[Images via Zimbio, The Daily Mail]