Where Do William and Kate Live in Windsor? Inside Adelaide Cottage

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After having Kensington Palace as their primary residence for many years, Prince William and Kate Middleton moved out of London in 2022. So where do William and Kate live now?

Life in Windsor

The couple and their three children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis) now reside in the pink house at Adelaide Cottage, which sits on the grounds of Windsor Home Park, the 655-acre estate that is part of the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The idyllic home offers the high-profile family more freedom and a sense of privacy, which has become even more important for the Waleses in recent months. The Princess of Wales returned to Adelaide Cottage following her January 2024 abdominal surgery at the London Clinic and will continue to recover there as she receives cancer treatment. In March 2024, Princess Kate announced her cancer diagnosis from the gardens at Windsor, with daffodils—the national flower of Wales and a symbol of many cancer charities—in the background.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales in November of 2023.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales in November of 2023.
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Over the past two years, Windsor has become home for the family of five. All three Wales children are day students at the Lambrook School in the Berkshire countryside, and avid riders—Prince George and Princess Charlotte have reportedly taken advantage of their proximity to the Windsor Castle stables. The family is able to lead a (relatively) normal life in Windsor, visiting favorite spots such as Windsor Farm Shop, where the Prince and Princess of Wales were recently seen, and LaplandUK, a Christmas-themed park in nearby Ascot that the family has enjoyed during the holidays. Relocating to Adelaide Cottage has also allowed the family to be closer to Princess Catherine’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who live at Bucklebury Manor in Berkshire.

While they’ve settled in nicely, the home was a big change for the family members, who had been used to the 20-room Apartment 1A in Kensington. The comparatively quaint Windsor home has four bedrooms, and when they relocated, the family announced that they would not have live-in help. But what Adelaide Cottage may lack in size, it makes up for in charm, history, and whimsical details. Read on to learn more about the private retreat the Prince and Princess of Wales call home.

Adelaide Cottage is nearly 200 years old

An aerial view of Windsor castle and the surrounding area.

Aerial Panoramic Photograph of Windsor Castle and Town, Berkshire

An aerial view of Windsor castle and the surrounding area.
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Adelaide Cottage was built in 1831 as a summer retreat for Queen Adelaide, who first occupied it on her birthday, August 13, of that year. It initially consisted of two main rooms, with additional rooms for the queen and the pages. The Mirror praised the design of the building at the time, writing, “It has none of the obtrusive splendor which characterizes palace-building, but much of the quaint elegance of the embellished order of domestic architecture in the Old English school.”

William and Kate’s home was built with reclaimed materials

Adelaide Cottage was built using materials from the Royal Lodge, the majority of which had been demolished in 1830. According to Jane Roberts’s book Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor, “the covered veranda, the port cochère, the decorated roofline, the French windows, even the roof tiles and chimney could all have been transferred from the Royal Lodge.” The queen also transferred furniture from the Royal Lodge to the new retreat. The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine reported in 1834 that the cottage had been newly redecorated prior to the king and queen’s return from Brighton. The primary bedroom also reportedly features a coved ceiling decorated with gilded dolphins and rope ornaments that were reused from the yacht Royal George.

Its architect worked on many important homes of the era

Architect and garden designer Sir Jeffry Wyatville, who designed the cottage, came from a highly regarded architectural dynasty. The nephew of architects Samuel and Joseph Wyatt, Wyatville—who changed his name in 1824—worked on the remodel of Windsor Castle, beating out architect John Nash (known for Buckingham Palace and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton) for the commission. The architect added towers, turrets, and crenellations, giving the castle its Gothic appearance. He was also responsible for the spectacular Waterloo Chamber, which showcases portraits commissioned from Sir Thomas Lawrence. Wyatville was known for his additions and renovations, and he also completed alterations on Chatsworth House.

Adelaide Cottage has a scandalous past

In 1941, Adelaide Cottage became a “grace-and-favor home,” the term for properties which are owned by the monarch and leased—often rent-free—to members of the royal family or employees. One of its notable residents was Group Captain Peter Townsend, who was given the home to live in with his young family by King George IV in 1945. As fans of The Crown are well aware, Townsend, who worked as equerry to the king as well as Queen Elizabeth II, later had an ill-fated love affair with Princess Margaret. In his autobiography, Time and Chance, Townsend notes that the house only had two radiators and was an “ice-box” during the winter. According to Roberts, the Office of Works declined the family’s request for central heating, citing the office’s focus on repairing bomb damage in London at the time. Adelaide Cottage has been updated several times since Townsend’s tenure, most recently in 2015.

It’s on the National Heritage List

In October of 1975, Adelaide Cottage was listed as a Grade II–building on the National Heritage List for England, which designates buildings that are of architectural or historic interest. Its listing describes it as picturesque and cites its marble Graeco-Egyptian fireplace, stucco façade with elaborate pierced bargeboards, and south entrance flanked by a pair of diagonally set chimneys with stepped bases.

It was the final resting place of Queen Victoria’s favorite dog

When Queen Victoria’s beloved King Charles Spaniel passed away in 1840, she had him buried at Adelaide Cottage. His grave was marked by a marble effigy inscribed, “Here lies Dash, The favorite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, In his 10th year, His attachment was without selfishness, His playfulness without malice, His fidelity without deceit, Reader, If you would live beloved and die regretted, Profit by the example of Dash.”

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It’s near the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Adelaide Cottage is about a 10-minute walk from Frogmore Cottage, the grace-and-favor home provided to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, by Queen Elizabeth in 2019. The couple spent £2.4 million renovating the home, a sum they repaid after they stepped down from their roles as senior royals. By June 2023, the couple had fully moved out of the cottage.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest


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