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Anmer Hall: inside Kate and William's new home

A general view of the front of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – and Prince George – are set to move to grade II-listed Anmer Hall in Norfolk

LAST UPDATED AT 15:19 ON Fri 8 Aug 2014

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to take up residence in Anmer Hall, a ten-bedroom country house in Norfolk, so that Prince William can commute more easily to his new job as an air ambulance pilot.

The vast house, a gift from the Queen, was originally intended as a country property for the royal couple. But William's job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance will see the royals "effectively relocate" from Kensington Palace, the Daily Express says.

Anmer Hall lies on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, and has undergone a £1.5 million refurbishment in preparation for the arrival of William, Kate and their one-year-old son, Prince George.

The listed property is "set in rolling acres", the Daily Telegraph says, with a private tennis court and a swimming pool. The grade II listed property has reportedly been renovated in line with the couple's tastes. The overhaul will largely be paid for by the Royal Family from private funds, the Daily Mail reports.

Other changes made to the property include the re-routing of the driveway, and extensive tree-planting to offer the Duke and Duchess greater privacy, according to Hello.

The house is a "comfortable unpretentious Georgian" building, says art historian Sir Roy Strong. With large sash windows, Anmer "has a gentleness to it", but it is well located with ready access to the Duchy, Windsor, London and several racecourses.

The Duke and Duchess have only recently completed a £4.5 million refurbishment of their residence in Kensington Palace, Apartment 1A, which was formerly the home of Princess Margaret.

Royal aides defended the renovation, the Telegraph says, noting that the once "uninhabitable" apartment had been transformed into the couple's "one and only" official residence, which they would occupy "for many, many years to come".

A royal spokesman insisted that for now Apartment 1A remains the royals' primary abode, but that a move to Anmer Hall could become necessary once Prince William begins working regular shifts as an air ambulance pilot flying out of Norwich and Cambridge next year.

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