THE Royal newlyweds are no doubt in a happy bubble, which isn’t set to burst anytime soon with the news they’ve reportedly been gifted a house by the Queen.
Adelaide Cottage in Windsor is where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will reside, but its so much more than bricks and mortar being steeped in history.
Where is Adelaide Cottage?
The cottage is nestled in Home Park in Windsor.
It is part of the Crown Estate’s private 655-acre royal park.
The cottage is also just a few minutes walk from where the couple wed, Windsor Castle on May 19 earlier this year.
The Duke and Duchess’ new residence is also close to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s private apartments.
Will Meghan and Harry definitely live there?
Kensington Palace has not confirmed the news, but sources suggest so.
The Mail On Sunday reports that Harry and Meghan have already been for a viewing and have fallen in love with the home.
it offers quick access to London and there are supposedly seven gated entrances and exits to Windsor Castle so the couple could come and go as they pleased without being photographed, according to the Mail On Sunday’s source.
What’s Adelaide Cottage’s history?
The cottage was also formerly known as Adelaide Lodge, named after William IV’s consort Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.
The cottage was built in 1831, using parts of the Prince Regent’s Royal Lodge at the time, which was partly demolished and re-used for Princess Adelaide’s cottage.
In 1941 the property became a ‘grace and favour’ residence – a property owned by a monarch and often leased rent-free as a favour, part of an employment deal or to say thanks for services.
It hasn’t provided a home for a member of the Royal Family until now.
Who else lived there previously?
Most notably, Group Captain Peter Townsend lived in Adelaide Cottage, querry to King George VI from 1944 to 1952.
He lived in the property with his wife Rosie Marchioness Camden, moving into the property with her in 1945 but they later divorced.
Later it hit the headlines that the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, became Peter Townsend’s lover.
Margaret was reportedly never permitted to marry Peter, a divorcee.
More recently, it has been home to Simon Rhodes, son of Margaret Rhodes, who was first cousin of the Queen and a Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
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What is Adelaide Cottage like?
The property was renovated in 2015.
The master bedroom boasts a coved ceiling with gilded dolphins and rope ornament reused from the Royal yacht ‘Royal George’.
It has a slate roof, a marble Graeco-Egyptian fireplace and the South entrance is flanked by two diagonally set chimneys.
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