William and Kate ‘considering moving closer to Queen’ as they prep for senior roles

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It looks like Prince William and Kate Middleton could be packing up their Kensington Palace abode and moving to Windsor.

The pair are preparing to step up into even more senior roles in the royal family and it’s believed that they are planning to move closer to Queen Elizabeth to take on more responsibility.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sitting posing for the camera: Kate And William won’t return to Kensington Palace after their Christmas break. Pic: Matt Porteous© Provided by Evoke.ie Kate And William won’t return to Kensington Palace after their Christmas break. Pic: Matt PorteousThe Cambridges have been spending a lot of time in their country home in Anmer Hall in Norfolk in recent months, although they also have a London base in Kensington.

Now, the Mail on Sunday has reported that William and Kate have been ‘eyeing up’ accommodation options around Windsor, just a stone’s throw away from Queen Elizabeth.

Of course, their new home must be suitable for bringing up their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The publication claims that there are several properties that could fit the bill for the family-of-five.

These include Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with a tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. standing in front of a brick building: Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Pic: GettyThe property is owned by the Crown Estate and is currently leased to the Weston family, who are close friends of the royals.Prince William, Duke of Cambridge standing next to a body of water posing for the camera: Kate and William during their trip to Ireland and they have now used this photo from Howth Head as their new profile photos Pic: Kensington Royal© Provided by Evoke.ie Kate and William during their trip to Ireland and they have now used this photo from Howth Head as their new profile photos Pic: Kensington Royal

It’s believed that William and Kate could swap their Anmer Hall residence for their new Windsor pad, making the new home their permanent base. They would then travel to their Kensington home and offices as and when needed.

Not only does it make a great strategic move for the couple’s place in the royal family, but it also brings the Cambridges closer to Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

The Middletons live 40 miles away in Bucklebury, Berkshire, and are known for being hands-on grandparents. Kate’s sister Pippa also has a home in the village with her husband James and their two children.Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. standing next to a child: Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rupert Hartley/REX/Shutterstock© Provided by Evoke.ie Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rupert Hartley/REX/Shutterstock

Queen Elizabeth will officially be moving from Buckingham Palace to Windsor later this year. She and her late husband Prince Philip spent lockdown in Windsor and now the British monarch plans to make it her permanent base.

Her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, live nearby at Bagshot Park, and Prince Andrew lives at Royal Lodge with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson (an arrangement Prince Charles finds rather odd).Prince William, Duke of Cambridge standing in front of a building: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William, pose for their 10th anniversary portraits Pic: Chris Floyd/PA© Provided by Evoke.ie The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William, pose for their 10th anniversary portraits Pic: Chris Floyd/PA

Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their six-month-old son, August are also close, residing in Frogmore Cottage.

If Kate and William move to Windsor it means that Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her 95th birthday this year, will have several family members close by for all her needs. AdChoices

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