Where Does the Queen & The Royal Family Live?

Here is everything you need to know about the palaces and estates the royals call home.

Where do the royal family live?

We’ve all heard of the royal residences but where exactly does the royal family, from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, live?

Here is everything you need to know about the palaces and estates the royals call home – from who lives in Buckingham Palace to who lives in Kensington Palace.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

Although The Queen has several properties under her belt, her main place of residence is Buckingham Palace where she resides with her husband Prince Phillip.

Buckingham Palace is about two miles from Kensington Palace. She’s usually there during the week, but at weekends you may find her at Windsor Castle. During August and September, you can find her at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and at Christmas, she’s at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

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Queen Elizabeth

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales official residence is Clarence House in London where he moved to in 2003. It was originally the home of The Queen Mother where she lived until she died in 2002. The house is located next to St James’ Palace and Camilla organised the renovations before she moved in 2005 after her marriage to Charles.

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Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William (Credit: Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton currently live in 20-room apartment 1A in Kensington Palace with their three children George, Charlotte and Louise. They moved here from their country estate Anmer Hall at The Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk after the property underwent a $9million renovation. The couple are said to have moved to Kensington Palace to focus on royal duties and for young George to attend school.

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Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte (Credit: Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently live in Nottingham Cottage, also located within Kensington Palace. The property is a cosy two-bedroom home which is a perfect starter residence for the pair. However once they have children it is rumoured they will move into apartment 1, next to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home.

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Kensington Palace from the top
Kensington Palace from the front
Kensington Palace from the front

Princess Anne

The Queen’s only daughter owns a London residence at St James Palace although as a keen equestrian, Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence spend most of their time at Gatcombe Park in Gloucester where she can been seen often riding one of her many horses.

The Duke of York

Prince Andrew lives in the 30-room royal lodge at Great Windsor Park along with his two daughters Beatrice and Eugenie. Despite Prince Andrew divorcing Sarah Ferguson in 1996, it’s rumoured she still lives there with the family. Most recently Princess Eugenie moved next to Prince Harry and Meghan to Ivy Cottage along with her fiancé Jack Brooksbank. Princess Beatrice is said to spend most of her time in New York where she works for AI company Afiniti.   

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Prince Edward lives with his wife Sophie at Baghot Park in Surry with their two children. The impressive 57-room property is set on 87 acres of sprawling land.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent

The elder brother to Prince Michael lives with his wife at Wren House, located in Kensington Palace. The property is roughly the same size as Ivy and Nottingham Cottage, so is modest in comparison.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

The Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent lives with his wife in apartment 10 at Kensington Palace. This five-bedroom property also features five reception rooms and costs them $20,000 a month in rent.

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