Prince William, second in line to the throne after his father, Charles, will turn 40 next week; and with maturity (an “so frightening” event, he joked) it will also herald an important novelty in his family life. With his wife, Kate, and children (George, Charlotte and Louis) he plans to leave London and move to Windsor Castle.
The Dukes of Cambridge will move into a residence on the Queen’s estate in Berkshire this summer. At the end of the year, the eldest children, George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 7, will drop out of the London school they attend, Thomas’s Battersea, and are expected to enroll in an institution near Windsor. In addition to being closer to their maternal grandparents – the Middletons, who live in Bucklebury, just 45 minutes from the castle – the family will be able to have a new lifestyle and enjoy the immense estate and safety it guarantees.
“The reality is that they are quite limited in what they can do in London,” a source told al Sunday Times. “Children cannot go to the park or play football with friends. Their plan is to stay there for the next 10-15 years and then move to Anmer, which is so special to them.” Anmer Hall is the residence of the dukes on the Sandringham estate, a country house in Norfolk, England, the Queen’s wedding gift to the couple.
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Kensington Palace will remain the London home of the family, with the office of the dukes.