Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Royal baby: Proud parents Will and Kate 'to move into country home'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son (PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son (PA)

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now proud parents and an announcement due about William's military career, the final element in their life appears to be in place - a country home.

William and Kate are expected to move into Anmer Hall on the Queen's private Sandringham estate in the coming months with their baby Prince George.

Royal aides were granted planning permission for a major development at the Grade II-listed mansion earlier this year.

Improvements include the conversion of wood stores to accommodation and the creation of a garden room.

Norfolk Oak, a timber company based in buildings in the grounds of the residence, states on its website it will be moving from "Anmer Hall, which is soon to be faced with royalty once more, to historic, rustic RAF West Raynham".

A company director living in the main house is also due to vacate the property, reported the MailOnline.

Anmer Hall has been part of the royal estate since 1898 and is a short drive from Sandringham House.

The late Georgian country house was home to the Duke and Duchess of Kent between 1972 and 1990 and will be the Cambridges' second residence.

Baby George is being cared for by his parents at the home of Kate's mother and father in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

The Duke and Duchess's new apartments at Kensington Palace are being renovated at a cost of a million pounds and will be their main home once the work is completed in the coming months.

An announcement on William's future in the military is expected by the autumn as the Duke's three-year tour as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot finishes at the end of September.

It is widely thought he will return to London for a posting with his regiment the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, which will allow him to carry out more royal engagements in support of the Queen.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

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