Prince William and his family leave London for Windsor

Prince William and family leave London for Windsor

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Prince William and his wife Kate will move from central London to the more bucolic neighborhood of Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II resides, a choice dictated by the interests of their children, announced their services on Monday. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will move into Adelaide Cottage, a home near the castle 35km west of of the capital.

In this pavilion, the family will be close to the 96-year-old sovereign, including 70 years of reign, underlined a source close to the couple, who lived so far at Kensington Palace.

“It is a decision that both parents made to give their children a start in life “as normal” as possible”, explained a source close to the couple, quoted by the agency Press Association.

“ They wanted to be able to give George, Charlotte and Louis a bit more freedom than in central London,” according to the same source.

Nine-year-old George is third in the order of succession after his grandfather Charles, 73, and his father William.

He, his sister Charlotte (seven years old) and his brother Louis (four years old) will be educated in a private school located on a 21-hectare estate.

Lambrook, located 20 minutes by car from Windsor, offers a boarding school, but the two eldest siblings will be externs.

The rental of the Adelaide Cottage at the royal estate and the move will be paid for by the couple from their own funds, as will the school fees of the three children, estimated at 53,000 pounds (81,339 dollars) per year.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, will nevertheless retain their base in Kensington, a place of work and representation as is Buckingham Palace for the Queen.

They also enjoy two other estates: Anmer Hall, a ten-room residence, located in Norfolk (east), and Tam-Na-Ghar, a holiday home near the royal castle of Balmoral in Scotland.

< p>The formalization of the move to Windsor, which had been rumored for months, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the death of William's mother, Princess Diana, in a road accident in Paris.

His younger brother Harry lives in the United States with his wife Meghan and their two young children.

According to the YouGov Institute, William, more and more publicly present while Queen Elizabeth has had to be less active due to fragile health, is the most popular of the “royals” behind her grandmother, with 66% of favorable opinions.