Friday 26 December 2014

Kate Middleton and Prince William 'love country life' in new Norfolk mansion

Published 18/08/2014 | 07:27

William and Kate have moved into their Norfolk mansion
William and Kate have moved into their Norfolk mansion
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton in February
Prince George holding a toy Bilby during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Australia
During a sailing trip in New Zealand in 2014
Kate and William at the Anzac Day dawn service at the War Memorial in Canberra. Photo: Mike Dunlea

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to love living in the countryside.

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.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

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.

The royals during their trip
The royals during their trip

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.

Prince William and Kate Middleton walk in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in a Hobbs dress
Prince William and Kate Middleton walk in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in a Hobbs dress

"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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