Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William are saying goodbye to Kensington Palace and hello to the countryside -- for now, anyway. Less than a week after welcoming the second royal baby, a daughter they’ve named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided to move to a place outside of London where they can enjoy some quiet family time as a foursome.
According to People, William and Kate have moved into their country home, Anmer Hall, with Charlotte and their 21-month-old son, Prince George. They reportedly plan to spend the summer in the home, which is 110 miles north of the capital in Norfolk, England. The getaway is situated in a hamlet of fewer than 100 people. The enormous 10-bedroom home features an outdoor pool, a tennis court and is surrounded by acres of land, making it the perfect place for Prince George to play while the duchess and the prince tend to Princess Charlotte.
“It’s like a fancy farmhouse,” a source told People. “It isn’t grandiose. But it’s a great, friendly, family environment.”
The village and its few residents are “pleased to know that they are coming to Anmer,” according to the magazine, and are welcoming them with open arms. The townspeople have even reportedly gone out of their way to plant subtle signs for the family that will make them feel at home and place cattle in the fields for the children to see as they arrive.
“It’s a very country thing for country folk and completely different to their life in London. The children will be among the wildlife from day one, so it will be ideal,” one source said.
William’s time in the country, however, will be short. While Kate, 33, has taken extra time off from her official duties, Prince William, 32, will only have two weeks of paternity leave to spend at the quaint home. He must return to his new job as an ambulance pilot on June 1. According to reports, the duchess has no plans of hiring extra help around the house as “the focus will be on the family” while she’s there. Still, the couple is said to be “looking forward to a period of calm.”
“They are very settled, his job is set, they have their house, and the status quo hasn’t changed in the royal family at large,” one source said.
Kate and William welcomed their first daughter on Saturday. The child, who is fourth in line for the throne, was born at 8:43 a.m. GMT and weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds, 3 ounces. The palace revealed her name two days later.