Kate Middleton and Prince William won't permanently live at Adelaide Cottage but the Windsor Castle move is still a way off

Kate Middleton and Prince William will eventually move from Adelaide Cottage into Windsor Castle, royal sources say

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Kate Middleton and Prince William will move into Windsor Castle at some point, according to royal insiders.

Kate and William have only just moved into their new home in Windsor, but it seems it won't be their permanent residence.

As the royal couple along with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis settle into Adelaide Cottage, royal insiders say that they will eventually move into the 1000-year-old Windsor Castle.

According to the Daily Mail, there is a “radical drive to overhaul the vast royal estate,” which includes moving the Prince and Princess of Wales into Windsor Castle. The outlet says that “Charles’s wide-ranging plans include turning Balmoral into a museum to the Queen and moving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge into Windsor Castle.”

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. According to the Royal Collection Trust, 40 monarchs have called the palatial space home since it was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Queen Elizabeth used Windsor Castle regularly throughout her reign, though it is thought that King Charles won't spend as much time there. 

Kate and William moved into Adelaide Cottage at the end of summer, before their children started at Lambrook School in September. Kate and William are thought to have opted to move to Windsor to be closer to the school, which is just 15 minutes from their new home.

According to a source, the royals are enjoying being in a more rural location after living in London for so long. "They love that the kids can go out on their bikes and cycle around the estate, and they are all really excited to meet everyone," a friend told PEOPLE. "It's a real little community."

As well as a new school, the Cambridge children have faced many changes in their new home. At their previous home at Kensington Palace, the royal children were cared for by a live-in nanny named Maria Terresa Barrallo. But now, for the first time, Maria is living separately from them.

Kate and William are thought to want to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible and their move has not only given them more space but has also brought them closer to Kate's family, who live in Berkshire.

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