Adelaide Cottage
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General information
TypeHouse
Architectural stylePicturesque
Town or cityWindsor, Berkshire
CountryEngland
Current tenantsThe Prince and Princess of Wales
OwnerCrown Estate
Design and construction
Architect(s)Jeffry Wyatville

Adelaide Cottage (formerly known as Adelaide Lodge) is a house in Windsor Home Park just east of Windsor Castle, in Berkshire. Built in 1831 for Queen Adelaide, it is currently the principal residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Design

The cottage incorporates building materials of John Nash's Royal Lodge from Windsor Great Park. At the time of construction in 1831, it was described as "chastely elegant" and having two public rooms, in addition to a retiring room for the queen, and a pages' room, as well as furnishings from the former royal lodge and a marble fireplace mantel in the regency Graeco-Egyptian style.[1]

The present cottage has four bedrooms.[2] The ceiling of its principal bedroom reuses decorative elements, including gilt dolphins and ropes, from the former royal yacht, HMY Royal George. It has been listed Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England since October 1975.[3][4] Adelaide Cottage is located in Windsor Home Park.[5]

History

In 1831, under the supervision of architect Jeffry Wyatville, the house was erected in the picturesque style for Queen Adelaide.[3][6][7] Queen Victoria often visited the residence for breakfast and tea.[5]

Group Captain Peter Townsend, equerry to King George VI, was given the property as a grace-and-favour residence in 1944.[8][2] Townsend referred to the cottage as an "icebox" with only two radiators.[9] Simon Rhodes, the son of Queen Elizabeth II's cousin Margaret Rhodes, previously resided at the cottage.[2] Major renovations took place in 2015, with the historical architecture still intact.[2] In the summer of 2022, Adelaide Cottage became the home of William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.[8] The family pays market rent.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Adelaide Lodge, Windsor published 20 Aug 1831 – RCIN 700781". The Mirror. image of newspaper in Royal Collection. 20 August 1831. Retrieved 23 July 2018.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "Adelaide Cottage, Windsor: Prince William and Kate Middleton's new home in the Berkshire countryside". WomanAndHome. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Adelaide Cottage (1319270)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  4. ^ Maudlin, Daniel (24 July 2015). The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture, 1760 – 1860. Routledge. p. 60. ISBN 9781317643159.
  5. ^ a b Maggie Maloney (22 August 2022). "Inside Adelaide Cottage, Prince William and Kate Middleton's New Home in Windsor". Town & Country. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  6. ^ "The Royal Estate, Windsor, Non Civil Parish – 1001434". historicengland.org.uk. Historic England. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Adelaide Cottage". www.royalcollection.org.uk. Royal Collection Trust. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b Valentine Low (14 June 2022). "Adelaide Cottage, duke and duchess's new home, was scene of royal scandal". The Times. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Stamp (29 August 2022). "5 Things to Know About Prince William and Kate Middleton's New Home". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  10. ^ Laura Hampson (25 August 2022). "Adelaide Cottage: Inside Will and Kate's 'modest' new home". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2023.

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