While Prince William was stationed in Anglesey to train for the Royal Air Force, he and his soon-to-be-wife rented the two-structure farmhouse on the Bodorgan Estate from Lord and Lady Meryick. The four-bedroom home, which has access to the nearby private beach, is actually two houses that are connected by a staircase. As its name implies, Bodorgan Hall is situated within the Bodorgan hamlet in Anglesey, Wales, just a few steps away from the Irish Sea. It’s also the largest property in Bodorgan.
1A Kensington Palace
Since its £1 million renovations in 2013, 1A Kensington Palace became the Duke and Duchess’s primary residence. The four-story, 20-room mansion resides on the same compound as the residences of other royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who all live in the main building. Though the world has yet to receive a tour from the decorator (Kate), a few photos had managed to make their way across newspapers, magazines, and computer screens when president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dined with the royal couple in their warmly decorated drawing room.
Though its residents have changed more than a few times over the years, Kensington Palace has been where members of the royal family have lived since the 17th century. The State Rooms are open to the public, but the private quarters and offices are strictly off-limits to anyone other than the family members, their guests, and employees of the Royal Household Property Section. The storied halls are allegedly covered in pieces from the Royal Collection, the world’s largest private art collection.
The Queen’s gift to her newlywed grandson was a 10-bedroom Georgian mansion in Norfolk. The circa-1802 home is only two miles away from Elizabeth II’s own country house at Sandringham. Before the couple moved in, they made some much-needed refurbishments, totaling £1.5 million. The renovation included everything from a new roof to a total interior redecoration, for which they enlisted Ben Pentreath. The royal couple has since added an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.