Ask anyone in the world and they will tell you that Buckingham Palace is home to the King of Britain or the Queen of England.
Close royal watchers may think of King Charles when they hear the word Highgrove, the Queen Mother when they hear Castle May, and the late Queen Elizabeth at the mention of Balmoral. But when the queen died on September 9, everything changed.
Now who gets any mansion?
Hagrove, part of the Duchy of Cornwall, now belongs to the new Prince of Wales – William. Castle Mayo is now owned by King Charles III.
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Balmoral’s fate is the subject of speculation, which British newspapers call a “game of houses” – what will become of the more than 30 royal residences with modern Charles as king?
King Charles has said he wants to downsize the property, but does that include their homes?
There will be nothing new in this. The king’s role always included handing out $5 bills when wandering around for tea, like cereal bowls in palaces.
What are the houses ruled by the king?
The new king now owned Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral, Wood Farm and Craighoven Lodge, which had been used by his mother. Kensington Palace, where some family members live, St James’s Palace, where Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie live, and where Princess Anne lives when they are in London.
When King Charles began the royal weight loss process, it was unclear whether the princesses would retain their household privileges.
On a personal level, King Charles owns the Balmoral Estate in Bergale, Dumfries House in Scotland, Lwinvermouth in Wales, and the famous Castle Mayo in Scotland, which is owned by his grandmother.
Great designs – for kings
Buckingham Palace looks certain to be the official residence of the British monarch, but that doesn’t mean the monarch wants to spend a lot of time there.
It was not a popular Windsor house, but before her death Queen Elizabeth put the royal stamp on it. A £369 million modernization project funded by the British taxpayer, according to Hello Magazine. It will not be completed until 2027.
Unlike an episode of Grand Designs, King Charles and Camilla don’t have to live in a caravan in the Queen Consort’s backyard while the boys tear down two walls. As king, Charles owns around 30 royal residences where he can live when painters and designers are around, including his current home, Clarence House, down the mall from Buckingham Palace.
So what’s next?
The real question is: What will happen to all the other royal residences when Reno ends and the King and Queen ascend the palace ladder?
It is not clear whether disgraced Prince Andrew will stay at the 30-room Royal Lodge in Windsor at the pleasure of the crown. He reportedly spent £7.5 million of his own money to build a Grade II listed building for Beatrice’s 18th birthday party and the British newspaper. Son says taxpayers will have to pay it back if he is fired.
In 2020, Andrew put his NZ$45 million tiny Swiss apartment on the market. It is not clear if it is sold or not – these types of places can take years to find a buyer. But if you’re worried about what’s going to happen to him, he won’t be homeless like the common man who loses his homes and lives under Waterloo Bridge.
According to the BBC, King Charles will open several areas of Buckingham Palace to public tours and use the site as his location in the city during the week.
However, his beloved country home, Highgrove, is no longer his as it is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, which is owned by the Prince of Wales, meaning he will have to pay rent to his son if he wants to stay there.
One wonders what the current price is for a Georgian mansion with nine bedrooms, six bathrooms and a 140 acre garden. King Charles can come in handy for this, but why pay when he has so many other options?
As reported by the Daily Mail, a fan of living under the Heathrow flight path, King Charles is said to be showing Windsor to Prince William and Princess Catherine.
He spent a lot of time at Sandringham. He actually took over the management of Sandringham in 2017 and maintains an organic garden and makes the place look out of reach.
The new Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, are now staying at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor Gardens. But they also have the Mandapam, a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth in Sandringham Gardens. Instead, they would return both properties to the crown in favor of living in an entire castle.
According to the Telegram, King Charles is considering donating Balmoral Castle to the country in memory of his mother, but will use Bergale instead.
However, it appears that the King and Queen will not be living in Clarence House. During a service to the late Queen Elizabeth last week, more than 100 employees of King’s Clarence House were informed of possible layoffs. May God protect the King.