Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said to be considering relocating to Windsor

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge - Chris Jackson Collection
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge - Chris Jackson Collection

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be considering relocating to Windsor in a move that would mean they are better able to support the Queen as they take on a more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family.

The couple, who currently split their time between Kensington Palace in London and Anmer Hall in Norfolk, are understood to be "seriously considering" moving as they take on a more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family.

They are reported to be looking at various possible properties around Windsor Great Park as a long term base for their family.

Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate was a wedding gift from the Queen and after being extensively renovated became the family's permanent home between 2015 and 2017.

At the time the Norfolk property was conveniently located because Prince William was working as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

But with their two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at school in London, and the Duke and Duchess taking on more royal responsibilities, a move to Windsor is seen as more appropriate for their lifestyle.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2020 Christmas card - Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2020 Christmas card - Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace

If Princes George and Louis are to follow in their father's footsteps and attend Eton, a move to Windsor would also mean their school would be on the doorstep.

Relocating to Windsor would also mean they were less than an hour's drive from Bucklebury in Berkshire where Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton live.

One option could be Frogmore House, which is currently unoccupied and just half a mile from Windsor Castle, within the grounds of Windsor Home Park

Its 35 acre gardens are sometimes referred to as the Royal Family’s "secret bolt-hole".

The Queen has described them as "wonderfully relaxing" and often drives there to walk her dogs.

The Queen is especially fond of Frogmore House
The Queen is especially fond of Frogmore House

The house, which is open to the public on certain days of the year, was the chosen venue for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding reception in May 2018.

Bought by Queen Charlotte in 1792, who employed the architect James Wyatt to transform the house and grounds, it has remained a special place for the Royal Family.

The future George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, loved it so much that they even spent part of their honeymoon there in 1923.

It is also the burial place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, with the former praising its tranquility as “you only hear the hum of bees, the singing of the birds”.

But among all the practical considerations, relocating to Windsor would allow the couple to provide much needed support to the Queen following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this year.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their great grandchildren. Pictured (L-R) are Prince George, Prince Louis being held by Queen Elizabeth, Savannah Phillips (standing at rear), Princess Charlotte, Prince Philip, Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall - The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their great grandchildren. Pictured (L-R) are Prince George, Prince Louis being held by Queen Elizabeth, Savannah Phillips (standing at rear), Princess Charlotte, Prince Philip, Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall - The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace

The 95-year-old monarch plans to base herself permanently at Windsor when she returns from her summer break at Balmoral.

The Earl and Duchess of Wessex, the Duke of York and Princess Eugenie all live close to Windsor and having the Cambridges close by as well, would give the Queen a boost, according to royal sources.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex lived in Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate until they relocated to the United States, but that property is now being used by Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, who have a six-month old son.

A spokesman for the Cambridges refused to comment and described the reports as "speculation".

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