Before they married in October last year, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank moved into their very first home together - the stunning Ivy Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Ivy Cottage is one of many private homes in the bounds of the impressive London palace. It’s said to be a three-bedroom home – although it’s thought to be one of the smaller residences within the palace walls.
Jack and Eugenie’s move to the residence came just four months after the pair announced they were engaged.
It marks the first time that the couple have lived together throughout their entire seven-year relationship.
Prior to moving in to Ivy Cottage, Princess Eugenie lived with her sister Princess Beatrice at St. James’s Palace, in a four-bedroom private apartment.
But while Eugenie may have moved away from her sister, she’s certainly not far from family in her new home.
Who lives near Eugenie and Jack in Ivy Cottage?
Ivy Cottage is just a stone’s throw from the Princesses cousin Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle’s first home, Nottingham Cottage. However, of course, now the Duke and Duchess have moved to Windsor, into their Frogmore Cottage home.
But despite the distance, it’s been reported that Meghan and Eugenie get on like a house on fire.
An insider recently told The Express how Harry, Meghan, Eugenie and Jack are all brilliant friends. They said, “Eugenie loves Meghan to bits and believes she is perfect for Harry. They are thick as thieves and may even all go on holiday together soon”.
Jack and Eugenie will also be very close by to her cousin Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.
Catherine and William live at Apartment 1A, a four-storey, 20-room abode, just a few seconds walk away from Ivy Cottage.
(Catherine and William’s home during renovations in 2013)
The history of Ivy Cottage
Most recently, Ivy Cottage was home to the deputy head of the palace’s property department. However, he retired from the post over two years ago.
So how might Jack and Eugenie have decorated Ivy Cottage?
It’s been reported that the royal couple have planned to extensively renovate their new home, in order to make it their own.
But how might Princess Eugenie redecorate when the house is ready?
If her recent interview with Harpers Bazaar magazine is anything to go by, the royal will have plenty of family photos doted around – and, given that she’s director of an art gallery – lots of art on her walls too.
She told the publication of her St. James’s Palace home, “My bedroom is full of photos my parents have taken. Mumsy took one of an elephant spraying water on its back, which is incredible, and there’s one Papa took of Balmoral Castle. I’ve got a lot of art that needs to be put on the walls. And there are shoes everywhere.”
Where was Eugenie’s childhood home?
Fergie and Andrew were gifted a 12-bedroom house called Sunninghill Park in Berkshire from the Queen as their wedding present in 1986. When Beatrice was born in August 1988 and then Eugenie in 1990 the girls grew up playing in the grounds with their mother and father.
However, the York family move into their current house, Royal Lodge, in Windsor, in 2004, and the sisters have called the impressive, 30-room residence home ever since.
It’s likely now that Eugenie divides her time between Windsor and her home with her husband in London.