Prince William and Kate Middleton are leaving London for a quieter life in Windsor Home Park after many years of living in apartment 1A of Kensington Palace. Adelaide Cottage, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle and where the queen has been residing full-time since March 2020, will now be home to the couple’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. For the family members, who are used to their 20-room home in Kensington, the new house would be a significant departure. The family has stated that they would not have live-in help in their relatively modest four-bedroom home. The house may be little, but it makes up for it with charm and history. Below are five fast facts you should know about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new pad.
Adelaide Cottage dates back to about 200 years.
Adelaide Cottage was constructed in 1831 as a summer residence for Queen Adelaide, who moved in on August 13 of that year, which was also her birthday. There were initially two major rooms, plus separate spaces for the queen and pages. In praising the structure’s design at the time, The Mirror stated, “It has much of the quirky grace of the enriched order of domestic architecture in the Old English school, but none of the obtrusive splendor which defines palace-building.”
Reclaimed materials were used to construct William and Kate’s new house.
Materials from the Royal Lodge, the majority of which had been destroyed in 1830, were used to construct Adelaide Cottage. “The covered veranda, the port cochère, the ornamented roofline, the French windows, even the roof tiles and chimney might all have been transported from the Royal Lodge,” writes Jane Roberts in her book Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor. The queen also moved the Royal Lodge’s furniture to the new hideaway. Prior to the king and queen’s return from Brighton, the home had reportedly undergone a fresh redecoration, according to The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine in 1834. According to reports, the main bedroom also has a coved ceiling covered with recycled rope ornamentation and gilded dolphins that were refused.