After weeks of speculation that the Cambridge family would be moving out of London, a source has confirmed to Yahoo UK that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children will be moving schools to one in Berkshire at the end of the year.
Although Kensington Palace has no official comment on the matter, a source close to the Royal Family has confirmed that the two eldest Cambridge children will be leaving their London school at the end of the school year.
Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, will leave Thomas’s Battersea at the end of the summer term, in July, and begin attending a new school in September.
The Cambridge children will start a new school in the Windsor area in autumn after the summer holidays when the family make the move to Berkshire.
Whilst it's still unknown whether the family’s move away from London would be permanent, or the details surrounding the move, a source has confirmed that reports suggesting that the young couple’s move to a family home nearby with their three children would be correct.
Reports have suggested that the family of five would potentially be moving into Adelaide Cottage, which sits on the Windsor Estate.
Adelaide Cottage, which sits on the north side of the Crown Estate's 655-acre royal park, has been host to many members of the Royal Family since it was built in 1831.
Using building materials from the Royal Lodge, it was originally constructed for the wife of King William IV, Queen Adelaide, from whom the cottage earned its moniker.
Since, members of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria, who would frequent the cottage for tea, to Peter Townsend, who famously had a love affair with Princess Margaret, have called Adelaide Cottage home.
The Queen also offered the Grade II listed property to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 as a wedding gift, and the newlyweds were expected to move into Adelaide Cottage from Frogmore Cottage, but instead made the move to step away from senior royal duties, and eventually moved to Santa Barbara in Meghan’s native California.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t move into Adelaide Cottage, leaving it free for Prince William and Kate, the Cambridge’s move isn’t without its family drama, as it is thought that Princess Eugenie has had her eye on the cottage as a new home for herself, husband Jack Brooksbank, and son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
The four-bedroom cottage underwent an extensive renovation in 2015, and would need no major changes as the family are reportedly preparing to move in the summer.
Whilst house is much smaller than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s other two homes – Anmer Hall boasts ten bedrooms while the Kensington Palace apartment features living quarters for staff – the couple are reportedly “very keen for a modest home” when they move to Windsor.
Fort Belvedere and Frogmore House, also both in Windsor, have also been slated as potential new homes for the Cambridges, but it is thought 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.
The move would put the Cambridges 10-minutes walk from the Queen, now 96, who prefers to spend most of her time at her residence in Windsor Castle in recent years, and also closer to the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who have lived for a decade in Bucklebury Manor, a seven-bedroom Grade II-listed Georgian property which is also in Berkshire.
The relocation would place the family a stone's throw from Prince William's secondary school Alma Mater, Eton College, where it is thought Prince George will attend from the age of 13 if he is to follow in his father's footsteps.
Although not confirmed, the move could also prove strategic as the Royal Family gears up for major potential changes in the years to come.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will keep Kensington Palace as their London home and Anmer Hall as their Norfolk home.
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