We take a look inside Prince Andrew's royal residence, and explore who lives on the sprawling Windsor estate with him.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who celebrated their daughter Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, once called Sunninghill Park in Ascot home. But after the breakdown of their marriage, the couple eventually sold their marital home to a billionaire who demolished the property and re-built a new manor house on the plot of land. Prince Andrew now lives in a royal residence that has been in his family for over a century – Royal Lodge.
Where does Prince Andrew live?
Royal Lodge is the official residence of The Duke of York. Located in Windsor Great Park, the property was previously the private residence of the Queen Mother for over 70 years, before being gifted to Prince Andrew in 2003.
The Grade II-listed Royal Lodge was originally built to enable George IV to entertain guests during Royal Ascot.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princess Margaret Rose and Princess Elizabeth at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, in July 1946.
Royal Lodge became the official residence of Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, from 2004 when he moved in with his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie once renovations on the property were complete.
The Duke of York also has an apartment adjacent to his office at Buckingham Palace which he uses when in London.
Does Sarah Ferguson live with the Duke of York?
Despite their separation and subsequent divorce in 1996, Sarah Ferguson and the Duke of York maintain a strong partnership and friendship, and Sarah moved into Royal Lodge with Prince Andrew in 2008.
Until three years ago, Sarah Ferguson still lived at the Royal Lodge with Prince Andrew and her daughters, but in July 2015 a removals van was spotted transporting her possessions from the mansion. Sarah Ferguson then took up permanent residence in a multi-million pound chalet she owns jointly with Prince Andrew in Verbier, Switzerland.
At the time, her spokesman confirmed the move but revealed that she will keep a room at the Royal Lodge ‘for family occasions’.
Royal Lodge renovations
Before Prince Andrew first moved in, he is said to have spent £7.5m renovating the 30-room Georgian house in Windsor, with new additions including an indoor swimming pool. The Prince, who Debrett’s describes as, ‘an enthusiastic golfer with a golf handicap of seven’ also had a driving range installed in the grounds of the property.
The property also has well-kept gardens, a private chapel, 21 acres of secluded grounds and eight separate additional properties for staff.
Inside Royal Lodge
Much like other private royal residences, Royal Lodge is not open to the public and glimpses of the house, the gardens and its interiors are rare.
Princess Margaret posed for photos at Royal Lodge with Antony Armstrong-Jones after they announced their engagement in 1960, and old photographs from Queen Elizabeth’s childhood give a glimpse of what Royal Lodge was like before it was refurbished.
More recently, Princess Eugenie gave the public their first look inside her former home, when she posed for a magazine shoot within Royal Lodge in 2016.
In photos published in the September 2016 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR US, Princess Eugenie is pictured in the sitting room of Royal Lodge. A grand room full of antique furniture and lit by chandeliers, the photo provides one of the first insights into Prince Andrew’s official residence since the huge refurbishment.
In the background of the image, the formal sitting room is seen opening out into another, smaller, living room with a collection of photographs on display.
The presence of family photographs is a touch the magazine revealed is present throughout the house.
‘It’s the definition of comfy cosy, with family pictures scattered around and Norfolk terriers wandering in and out,’ read the description of the family rooms within the Lodge.