Kate Middleton and Prince William could be making a permanent move to Windsor to be closer to the Queen

The couple are considering relocating with George, Charlotte and Louis

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been spotted 'eying up' properties in the town, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The couple are said to be moving to the town, after the Queen relocated to Windsor Castle permanently, in order to be closer to her late husband - Prince Philip. 

During the lockdown, The Queen spent most of her time at Windsor Castle, with Philip—including last Christmas. Prince Philip's funeral took place at St George's Chapel in Windsor in April and the Duke was laid to rest in a 200-year-old vault hidden underneath the chapel.

One property option for Kate, William and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis could include Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house, which sits towards the end of Windsor Great Park and is said to have been built in 1820.

The Duke and Duchess currently spend most of their holidays and some weekends at their home in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, with their children. The house was a wedding gift from the Queen. However, they also have a residence in Kensington Palace, London, near where the children go to school. 

A source told the Mail on Sunday, "Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore." 

"It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."

With the passing of Prince Philip and Prince Harry and Meghan stepping down as senior royals Kate and William have been taking on more royal responsibilities - so it makes sense that they are nearer to the Queen and to London.

Only recently it was reported that Kate will be taking on some of Harry's former roles—including being the new patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football League (RFL), reports The Sunday Times.

While the move would also mean that Kate and William's family would be closer, not just to the Queen, but also her parents and sister—Pippa Middleton, who is based in London with her husband and two children.

Sarah Finley
Sarah Finley

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