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Prince William on his family’s connections with Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:17 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:31 17 May 2018

The Duke of Cambridge worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have a special connection to this county.

The christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandringham Church. Picture: Matthew Usher.The christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandringham Church. Picture: Matthew Usher.

In January, 2013, it emerged that the couple had been given Anmer Hall, a secluded mansion on the Sandringham Estate by the Queen.

On July 22 their first child, Prince George, was born. Later that year, the couple made Anmer their main home as William left the RAF and became a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The Cambridges hoped Anmer, tucked away in the West Norfolk countryside, would enable them to escape from the glare of publicity.

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The christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandringham Church. Picture: Matthew Usher.The christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandringham Church. Picture: Matthew Usher.

On May 2, 2015, Princess Charlotte was born. Thousands of well-wishers packed into Sandringham Park when she was christened at the Royal Estate’s tiny carrstone church.

The Cambridges walked from Sandringham House, pushing their new arrival through the crowds in a vintage pram.

In September, 2017, the Prince worked his last shift as an air ambulance pilot - a role he said had deeply influenced him - to concentrate on Royal duties and charity work.

Anmer Hall, Anmer. Picture: Ian BurtAnmer Hall, Anmer. Picture: Ian Burt

Earlier this year, the Prince told of his love for Norfolk in a letter endorsing Norfolk Day, a celebration of the county being held on July 27.

“My family’s connections with the county of Norfolk go back more than 150 years when Queen Victoria bought Sandringham House,” he said.

“My mother was born at Park House in the grounds of Sandringham, and many other family moments have taken place here.

“So it already felt like home when Catherine and I lived there for the first years of George and Charlotte’s lives whilst I had a job as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance up the road in Cambridge.”

The couple have now moved to Kensington Palace, in London, which is now their main residence. But they still frequently visit Norfolk.

Kate was seen shopping in Waitrose, at Swaffham, just over a week before the birth of Prince Louis on April 23.


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