The middle-class two bedroom home where Princess Kate spent her childhood years
Princess Kate may now live at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor with her husband Prince William and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis but she grew up in a charming house on the outskirts of London which was equally special.
West View in Bradfield, Southend is where the now Princess of Wales spent the early years of her childhood.
Her parents, Mike and Carole, bought the estate for £34,700 after marrying in 1980 and two years before their eldest daughter was born.
The then two-bedroom semi-detached with its large windows and spacious garden sits just outside the town of Reading.
Princess Kate attended Bradfield Church of England primary school which was just next door and also attended Brownies at the church hall nearby.
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The couple sold the house in 1995 for £158,000. It is now valued at £815,000.
Princess Kate’s family soon moved into Oak Acre, in Berkshire.
The property boasts an English-style red brick exterior, Georgian-style windows, and sits in one-and-a-half acres of grounds.
But in 2012, Princess Kate’s parents bought Bucklebury for £4.7 million, in order to seek more privacy once their daughter was welcomed into the Royal Family.
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The Georgian property is a Grade II listed house and was built originally for the Winchcombe family.
It features seven bedrooms, five reception rooms, a kitchen, a drawing room, a dining room, library, sitting room, and an entrance hall.
The Regency-style house – which sits on 18 acres of grounds – now counts as a family home and it was where Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton’s, wedding reception took place when she married James Matthews in 2017.
Princess Kate was between Bucklebury, Marlborough College and Downe House, during her teenage years, though she did not board at the latter.
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