QUEEN Elizabeth has applied for planning permission for a "major development" of a mansion on her Sandringham estate that has reportedly been earmarked for prince William and his wife, Kate.
Proposed work at Anmer Hall would upgrade the Grade II-listed property to a home fit for a future king and queen, as well as the family they will start when the duchess gives birth later this year.
A garage block is to be converted to an "equipment room" and a wood store will be turned into accommodation, which could be used by the duke and duchess's police protection officers.
A planning application submitted to King's Lynn and West Norfolk council has been made by the Sandringham Estate on behalf of the queen. The council is also being asked to approve the rerouting of the existing drive and the construction of a new garden room. A decision is expected in March.
Council officials said full details of the plans might not be made public in the normal way for security reasons. (© Daily Telegraph, London)