Queen's castle is their house

Last updated 13:16 07/01/2013
Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, has reportedly been

NEW DIGS: Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, has reportedly been "earmarked" by the Queen to give to Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

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Being royal comes with a few privileges and for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, one such perk is taking their pick of a number of royal "estates" to live in.

Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, has reportedly been "earmarked" by the Queen to give to Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton when their baby arrives, the Daily Telegraph reported.

According to the Daily Mail Anmer Hall has been part of Sandringham Estate since 1898, and is a favourite among the royal family.

It is apparently a place where a young Prince William went to explore on holidays when visiting the Queen's Sandringham house, which lies just two miles away.

Anmer Hall is a grade-two listed heritage building, and has been meticulously cared for. It was inhabited by the Duke and Duchess of Kent from 1979 to 1990 and has since been leased to James Everett, who owns a kitchen and building company, until 2017, the Mail reported.

So the couple may not permanently reside there straight away. The Mail reported that Everett declined to comment on whether he would be living there until then.

The royal family are playing musical chairs with their properties at the moment, as the Duke and Duchess will be moving into Kensington Palace's apartment 1A from their current Nottingham Cottage inside Kensington's grounds.

Prince Harry will reportedly take on that one-bedroom cottage, while apartment 1A boasts five bedrooms and three reception rooms - "perfect for the couple's new addition".

Last year it emerged that the Queen was planning on giving her grandson and his wife another one of the cottages on the Sandringham estate as well, to mark his 30th birthday.

She owns around 150 properties on the 20,000 acre estate and it is not known which cottage has been chosen.

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