The Queen has given the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a property on her 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate.

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Prince William, who turned 30 last week, was described by one insider as “as country boy” who “loves Norfolk like his parents and grandparents”.

The Queen has reportedly given William a cottage on the estate as a 30th birthday present. The Prince enjoyed what was described as a low-key, private celebration on Thursday.

The location of the property has not been revealed but there was speculation that it could be Wood Cottage - the modestly-named former home of King George V overlooking the ornamental lakes in the grounds of the house, which is currently used as an estate office.

The Duke and Duchess have also stayed at Wood Farm Cottage, on a secluded corner of the Royal Estate at Wolferton, where generations of the Royal family have hosted informal shooting parties.

Both currently live on the island of Anglesey, in North Wales, where the Prince is works as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot. But he could decide to end his flying career at the end of this year to devote more time to Royal duties.

The couple have other properties, including a cottage at Balmoral and an official residence at Kensington Palace, in West London – the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales.

11 comments

  • Why is this news?

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    kiwidog

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Search Amazon for "Princess Diana The Day She Didn't Die." It's a fantastic read!

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    petercampbell007

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Its good to see we are " all in this together " .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • What does it matter what it is worth? It is part of the Queen's personal estate and nothing to do with the assets owned by the government. It is of no more consequence than anyone else who is able to give their child something from a bike to a house. There are a lot of houses and farms on the estate, some tenanted some occupied by those who work there, nothing wrong with the kids having one too and should be a reasonably safe place for them to be when not working or representing the Queen-keeps the security budget in fewer places.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  • what is the cottage worth?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  • If the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge honour us by living at Sandringham they will be made welcome by almost everyone. It will be a great priviledge to have them in our midst.

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    Robert West

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Please speak for yourself Robert West. Why do we need any more freeloaders coming to West Norfolk.

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    outsider

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • I have it on good authority that they will be moving into a flat in Hillingdon Square, Kings Lynn

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    robotsthatcare

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Don't blame them can't be a lot to do in North Wales

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    solengrim

    Monday, June 25, 2012

  • what is the cottage worth?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  • People who have eyes in their heads and half a brain know that the Sandringham estate is an employer for local people, buys in local services and does a good job of looking after the area-the farmed bits look lovely, the cattle etc are splendid and the parts that are not farmed are a wonderful habitat for wild life. What would you prefer, some businessman from the continent closing it all off or selling it for development?

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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