Cambridge's move to cottage will mean 'not having a live-in nanny'
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s move to four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage will mean ‘not having a live-in nanny for the first time in their children’s lives’
- Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly set to uproot from Kensington
- Their young children will not have Spanish Norland nanny Maria Borrallo on hand
- She was hired by the royal couple to help look after George, Charlotte and Louis
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s move to a four-bedroom home on the Windsor estate will mean ‘not having a live-in nanny for the first time in their children’s lives’.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly set to uproot their family from Kensington, west London, to Adelaide Cottage in Berkshire this summer in order to be closer to the Queen.
However, their young children will not have Spanish Norland nanny Maria Borrallo on hand because she will live elsewhere, according to The Telegraph.
Ms Borrallo was hired by Kate and William, both 40, to help look after Prince George, nine, when he was eight months old and she now cares for Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, too.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly set to uproot their family from Kensington, west London, to a four-bed property in Windsor ‘to be closer to the Queen’
The four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage (pictured) which has been recently refurbished and is on the Windsor estate
The ‘Spanish supernanny’ trained at the prestigious Norland College which has been producing childminders for the rich and famous since 1892.
Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge’s new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655-acre royal estate in Berkshire.
Sources close to the family suggest the Cambridges were keen to be closer to the Queen, 96, who has suffered episodic mobility issues in recent months and also secure a good school for their three children.
George, Charlotte and Louis will be pulled out of their current prep school in Battersea and are all expected to start school locally when the new academic term begins in September.
Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge’s new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655acre royal estate in Berkshire
The move also represents a fresh start for the senior royals and their five-strong family as they continue to cement their place among the most influential members of The Firm.
One source told the Sun: ‘Kate and William were very keen for a modest home to start their new lives in Windsor.
‘Adelaide Cottage fits the bill because it is a four-bedroom home and they do not need any more as they have no live-in staff.
‘They had no other demands than a pleasant family home close to schools and the Queen.
‘They were adamant they didn’t want anything too showy or anything that needed renovating or extra security so as not to be a burden on the taxpayer.’
Adelaide Cottage: The Cambridges’ new 19th century Grade II-listed home nestled near Windsor Castle on the 655-acre royal estate
Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge’s new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655acre royal estate in Berkshire.
The four bedroom Adelaide Cottage has been used as a grace-and-favour home for royal staff and family friends in recent years.
The cottage underwent major renovations in 2015, which means the Cambridges would not have to shell out millions in remodelling the house.
But it still boasts original features including a marble Graeco-Egyptian fireplace and a principal bedroom with a coved ceiling featuring gilded dolphins and rope ornament reused from the Royal yacht Royal George.
It also has seven gated entrances and exits to Windsor Castle so the family can come and go in relative privacy.
The property was constructed in the early 19th century as a retreat for William IV’s wife Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.
Adelaide Cottage was also known to be a favourite home of Queen Victoria, as she frequently enjoyed taking her breakfast there.
The four-bedroom home does have a rich and colourful history to draw upon.
Following the Second World War, it played host to a major royal scandal when it homed Group Captain Peter Townsend.
Townsend, the dashing RAF pilot and equerry to King George VI would later become the divorced lover of Princess Margaret.
Their relationship would be doomed by the Royal Marriages Act which stated no member of the Royal Family was permitted to marry a divorcee while the ex-partner was still living.
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