Norfolk

William and Kate: Norfolk Royal mansion changes approved

Anmer Hall
Image caption Anmer Hall is two miles from the Queen's residence at Sandringham House

A mansion rumoured to be the future home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be altered, following approval by the council.

Anmer Hall, on the Queen's estate at Sandringham, will get a new garden room and accommodation converted from wood stores on the site.

The plans were submitted to King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.

The driveway will also be re-routed and a garage block will be extended to form an equipment room.

The application was made in January and followed speculation that the Queen will give the Grade II-listed home to Prince William and Catherine.

Anmer Hall has been part of the Royal Estate since 1898 and is a short drive from Sandringham House.

The late Georgian country house was home to the Duke and Duchess of Kent between 1972 and 1990.

It is thought the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could use the Norfolk mansion house as a country retreat, as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.

The couple's main residence is expected to be an apartment in Kensington Palace.

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