Kate Middleton and Prince William’s favourite house used to home royal friend


KATE DUCHESS of Cambridge and Prince William will soon be moving to Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor Estate so they and their family can be closer to the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess lived at the property when building work was being completed on Kensington Palace.

A number of key family milestones occurred when the family were living at Anmer Hall including Prince George’s first day at nursery and Princess Charlotte’s christening.

Anmer Hall is an 18th century red-brick house and was a wedding gift to the Cambridges from the Queen.


The Cambridges will be moving to Windsor soon (Image: Getty Images )

Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte was christened when the family was living at Anmer Hall (Image: PA )

It is located on the Sandringham Estate and was bought by the future King Edward VII then Prince of Wales from fraudster Ernest Terah Hooley in 1898.

The property was originally the seat of the Coldham Family from 1705.

From 1972 to 1990 the house was leased to the Duke and Duchess of Kent who used it as a country retreat.

For the next decade the house was rented by Hugh van Cutsem and his family.

Prince George

Prince George went to a Montessori nursery close to Anmer Hall (Image: PA )

William van Cutsem

Prince William with William van Cutsem at an Aston Villa match at Villa Park (Image: Getty Images )

Hugh Van Cutsem was a close friend of Prince Charles during their days at Cambridge University.

Mr Van Custem’s four sons Edward, Hugh, Nicholas and William have acted as close friends to Prince William and Prince Harry for many years.

Edward van Cutsem served as a pageboy at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in 1981.

Hugh junior on the other hand made the Duke of Cambridge the godfather of his eldest daughter Grace.

Nicholas van Cutsem is also godfather to Prince Louis while William is godfather to Prince George.

It was in 2013 that the Cambridges were allocated Anmer Hall as part of a wedding gift from the Queen.

Significant refurbishments took place including a new roof, a conservatory, new kitchen and tree planting scheme.

The Cambridges lived in Norfolk full time between 2015 and 2017 as Prince George was attending nursery nearby at the Westacre Montessori School.


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