‘Unpretentious’: Kate and William spend Christmas at Anmer Hall – ‘not a social hotbed!’

Anmer Hall, and ‘s refurbished Georgian home, provides the couple with some much-needed relaxation and respite from royal life. The Prince and Princess of Wales usually reside in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor with their three children.

However, the royal couple and Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, will be at Anmer Hall in Norfolk today, ready to celebrate Christmas with the rest of the Royal Family nearby.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla will be at Sandringham House, just up the road from Anmer Hall which is situated on the same estate.

Anmer Hall has frequently hosted William and Kate at Christmas, during school holidays and, more recently, during national lockdowns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple homeschooled their children from their Norfolk home in 2020, and they continued to conduct royal engagements there via video calls.

Kate and William often spend Christmas at Anmer Hall

Kate and William often spend Christmas at Anmer Hall (Image: GETTY)

Anmer Hall is situated on the Sandringham estate

Anmer Hall is situated on the Sandringham estate (Image: PA)

A royal source told People Magazine: “There’s no airs and graces” at Anmer Hall, which is very much “a normal, busy family home”.

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The country home is located on the late Queen’s Sandringham estate and was gifted to the Prince and Princess of Wales by the late monarch following their wedding in 2011.

Anmer Hall has 10 bedrooms and boasts a swimming pool and private tennis court. Following the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015, the couple took up full-time residence in Norfolk.

This was because Prince William decided to focus on his family and his flying career with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, as opposed to being a working royal performing multiple engagements.

Since then, William has given up his flying career to take on more official royal duties, and, with the three children now attending Lambrook School in Windsor, the family have been spending much less time in Norfolk.

This all changed when the pandemic started, with the Waleses’ choosing to spend lockdowns in Anmer Hall.

Documents posted on the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council website showed they applied for planning permission to demolish the tennis court and create a new one with an artificial grass surface.

The plan was intended to improve privacy for William, Kate, George, Charlotte, and Louis.


Prince & Princess of Wales often take Christmas cards at Anmer Hall

Prince & Princess of Wales often take Christmas cards at Anmer Hall (Image: Matt Porteous / The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)

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Refurbishment for the house was largely paid for by the Royal Family from private funds and reportedly cost £1.5million.

According to Art Historian, Sir Roy Strong, Anmer Hall is a “comfortable, unpretentious Georgian” building.

It is very well located with ready access to Windsor and London where most of the Royal Family live.

“There is very little going on at all at Anmer,” one royal source told the Telegraph. They added: “It is certainly not a social hotbed and there aren’t any fabulous shops to visit.”

The royals are able to go about their business in privacy there with close protection officers. Since their wedding in 2011, both William and Kate have been spotted in the local area shopping, visiting pubs, and taking the children to enjoy pottery painting.

In March 2016, they placed a discreet advert in The Lady magazine, which gave a glimpse of what life is like at Anmer Hall.

The advert spoke of “a life with children, dogs and jovial family meals at its core”. The couple also emphasised in the advert that “discretion and loyalty is paramount”.

Following the birth of Princess Charlotte, police in Norfolk handed out letters warning the media not to harass the royal couple. Prince William and Kate had asked photographers to respect their privacy after being subjected to “a number of intrusions” by paparazzi with long lenses.

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