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Friday 19 December 2014

Duke and Duchess ‘content in country’

MONS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 04: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Prince Harry during a ceremony at St Symphorien Military Cemetery on August 4, 2014 in Mons, Belgium. Monday 4th August marks the 100th Anniversary of Great Britain declaring war on Germany. In 1914 British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith announced at 11pm that Britain was to enter the war after Germany had violated Belgium's neutrality. The First World War or the Great War lasted until 11 November 1918 and is recognised as one of the deadliest historical conflicts with millions of casualties. A series of events commemorating the 100th Anniversary are taking place throughout the day. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly looking forward to their country lifestyle in their new Norfolk home.

The young royal couple, who welcomed their first son Prince George last July, recently moved to the British countryside in a house that was gifted to Prince William by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for his 30th birthday two years ago.

Anmer Hall is in Norfolk, which sits on the east coast of England. It's thought that William and Catherine will stay there for two years.

"Kate and William are country folk at heart. While their London home will be their base in terms of royal duties, Norfolk is where they want to bring up their family," a royal insider revealed to British magazine Grazia.

It was recently revealed that 32-year-old William has taken a job as helicopter pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance, which commences in spring 2015 and is based near the sprawling mansion.

Anmer Hall is also where both William and his younger Harry spent a lot of their childhood.

"It's where William spent his formative years, and is at his happiest, so it made sense," the source added.

"The couple will get another dog and hope to have another baby while there. When the two years are up they will spend weekdays in London, where George will go to school, but weekends in Norfolk allowing them to have a normal family life."

The couple have a large circle of friends who live close by their new country manor, with plenty having young kids of their own.

Catherine, 32, is also said to be completely taken with the relaxed atmosphere.

"William spent a lot of time in Norfolk growing up and has a proper crew there. All his old friends have young children who will be perfect playmates for Prince George. It's very sociable in the area and Kate really loves the Norfolk lifestyle," the insider said.

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