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Inside lavish royal childhood homes

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WE’VE all dreamed of living the royal life with sprawling mansions fit for a king.

But for these royals, it was truly a reality as they were all raised in incredible stately homes worth millions.

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Princess Diana and King Charles lived in Kensington Palace apartments with Princes William and HarryCredit: Getty
The princess at her desk in the palace

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The princess at her desk in the palaceCredit: Getty

The Crown Estate presides over properties worth around £14.1billion.

From the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth II to the 10-bedroom country mansion of Prince George and his siblings, these properties offer space and grandeur that most of us could only dream.

Here, we take a look at where some of the oldest members of the royal family grew up.

Kensington Palace Apartments

The apartment was decorated with numerous photos of the royal couple's family members

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The apartment was decorated with numerous photos of the royal couple’s family membersCredit: Getty
Princess Diana in the drawing room with her squire Richard Aylard and lady-in-waiting Anne Beckwith-Smith

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Princess Diana in the drawing room with her squire Richard Aylard and lady-in-waiting Anne Beckwith-SmithCredit: Getty
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Former Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana resided in Apartments 8 and 9 at Kensington Palace at the start of their marriage.

There they raised their two boys, Princes William and Harry. The apartments spanned three floors with an entire level dedicated to young princes.

Diana is known for transforming the interior into a remarkable living space with the help of designer Dudley Park.

On the top floor, there were two bedrooms and a playroom, which had a strawberry-print rug, sofas, and children’s rocking horses.

Diana’s love of bold patterns was visible in floral wallpaper, pink sofas and colorful throw pillows, while family photos cluttered the surfaces.

The living room, where official meetings were held, was less richly decorated, with a pale yellow wall and a large historical painting.

145 Piccadilly

The Queen spent her early years at 145 Piccadilly in London before moving to Buckingham Palace when her father became king

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The Queen spent her early years at 145 Piccadilly in London before moving to Buckingham Palace when her father became kingCredit: Getty
A young Princess Elizabeth with her sister Margaret in their childhood home

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A young Princess Elizabeth with her sister Margaret in their childhood homeCredit: Getty
The property was bombed in World War II a few years after the Queen left

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The property was bombed in World War II a few years after the Queen left1 credit

Princess Elizabeth, as she then was, was brought up with her sister Princess Margaret at their parents’ home, 145 Piccadilly, London.

The young royal was treated to an impressive view of Green Park and the incredibly detailed interior of the property.

According to reports, the house was decorated with a massive gramophone, an abundance of books and a large display case containing miniature animals at the princess’s whim.

In her book Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, Jane Dismore wrote that it featured a huge garden with a bench surrounded by trees.

The sisters had their own exclusive day and night crèches on the top floor which had red carpets and fireplaces.

When Elizabeth’s father George became king in 1936, the family moved to Buckingham Palace.

Shortly after, in 1940, their former home was razed by a bomb during World War II.

The property is now the site of a luxury hotel, InterContinental London Park Lane.

Sunny Hill Park

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice grew up in Sunninghill Park (pictured with a funfair for Beatrice's eighth birthday)

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Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice grew up in Sunninghill Park (pictured with a funfair for Beatrice’s eighth birthday)1 credit
The property had huge rooms with large windows

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The property had huge rooms with large windowsCredit: Alamy
The Duchess of York arrives at Sunninghill Park with her daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice

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The Duchess of York arrives at Sunninghill Park with her daughters, Eugenie and BeatriceCredit: Alamy

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson lived in Sunninghill Park in Berkshire when their daughters Beatrice and Eugenie were young.

The house was built in the early 19th century and purchased by the Crown Estate in 1945 to serve as the marital home of the Queen and Prince Philip, but it burned down shortly before their wedding, so they rented Windlesham Moor.

In 1987 it was rebuilt and became the residence of the Duke and Duchess of York.

The mansion – which has been compared to a Tesco supermarket due to its vast size and design – had six reception rooms, 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and is said to have a swimming pool, tennis court and toilet roll holder. toilet paper that sang God Save the Queen.

After the Yorks divorced in 1996 and the Queen Mother died in 2002, Andrew moved to the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

Eugenie, Beatrice and their mother stayed at Sunninghill Park until 2007 when it was bought for £15million by Timur Kulibayev, the son-in-law of former Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev, who demolished it.

Clarence House

The Queen lived at Clarence House with her family before her reign

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The Queen lived at Clarence House with her family before her reignCredit: PA: Press Association
Queen Elizabeth with a young King Charles at Clarence House before ascending the throne

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Queen Elizabeth with a young King Charles at Clarence House before ascending the throneCredit: Camera Press
Queen consort Camilla pictured at Clarence House more recently

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Queen consort Camilla pictured at Clarence House more recentlyCredit: Twitter

Before Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, she lived at Clarence House with Philip and Charles from 1947.

The house – on The Mall in Westminster – has a magnificent morning room where the couple received their guests, a garden room and a splendid dining room.

The living room featured furniture in bold prints and a huge chandelier, a fireplace and a large window.

Much of the Queen’s collections of antiquities and paintings are still on the property, including a portrait of the Queen Mother and a centuries-old painting.

In August, a photo taken in the garden of Clarence House showing the Queen, Prince Philip, a young King Charles and Princess Anne was published.

Charles returned to live at Clarence House after his marriage to Camilla in 2003 – renovations for the couple were reported to have cost £4.5million.

Ammer room

Queen Elizabeth II gave William and Kate Anmer Hall as a wedding gift

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Queen Elizabeth II gave William and Kate Anmer Hall as a wedding giftCredit: Getty – Contributor
The Prince and Princess of Wales in a drawing room at Anmer Hall

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The Prince and Princess of Wales in a drawing room at Anmer HallCredit: .
Princess Charlotte pictured at Anmer Hall as a child

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Princess Charlotte pictured at Anmer Hall as a childCredit: PA: Press Association

Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, share a 10-bedroom country house with their parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Anmer Hall sits on the Sandringham Estate and was gifted to the couple by Her Majesty after their wedding in 2011.

Before moving in, the property underwent a £1.5million refurbishment with new additions including a conservatory, a deviated driveway and a new interior put in place by designer Ben Pentreath.

We’ve had brief glimpses of the house in videos and video calls before – especially during the pandemic.

According to The Week, the home’s interior has been deliberately “kept very private” but has contemporary interiors to match Kate’s “accessible style choices”.

Cambridge’s 2020 Christmas card was taken in the garden of Anmer Hall and showed them sitting in front of countless piles of logs.

In a video to celebrate Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary, the family were seen playing in the huge garden, which has a swing set for children.

Gatcombe Park

The property sits on 700 acres and was gifted to the Princess Royal by the Queen

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The property sits on 700 acres and was gifted to the Princess Royal by the QueenCredit: Alamy
Princess Anne inside Gatcombe Park in 2020

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Princess Anne inside Gatcombe Park in 2020Credit: Getty
Mike Tindall offers a glimpse inside one of the home's living rooms

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Mike Tindall offers a glimpse inside one of the home’s living rooms1 credit

Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire is Princess Anne’s home, after Queen Elizabeth bought it for her and Mark Philips, her first husband.

Their daughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike moved into the property with their three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas, in 2013 after selling their home in Cheltenham.

Reports indicate that the main house at Gatcombe Estate has five main bedrooms, four further bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a billiard room and a conservatory.

There are several other homes on the 700-acre estate, which also has stables for Zara’s many equestrian horses.

The Tindall house is equipped with its own personal gym, according to Mike.

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