Where does Prince Charles live? A look inside Clarence House, the London residence Charles and Camilla call home

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall call Clarence House home

Where does Prince Charles live?
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If you've ever been wondering where does Prince Charles live, wonder no more. We take a look at Clarence House—the London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Where does Prince Charles live?

Prince Charles lives at Clarence House, the official London residence of the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles also has homes at Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, and Birkhall, in Scotland. 

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla

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Where is Clarence House?

Clarence House is based on The Mall in London's City of Westminster just meters away from St. James's Palace and the Queen's official residence, Buckingham Palace.

The home, where Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla live while in London, is one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in the capital.

A brief history of Clarence House

The London residence was previously home to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother between 1953 until her death in 2002, so holds a wealth of royal history within its walls.

In fact, the current Queen and her late husband Prince Philip also called Clarence House their home before and soon after she took the throne, but later moved to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry and Prince William also called the imposing townhouse their home from 2003 until they both moved out into Kensington Palace in 2011 and 2012.

Prince William still lives between Kensington Palace and Norfolk's Amner Hall with Kate Middleton and their children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. 

Prince Harry now lives in LA with Meghan Markle and their children, Archie and Lilibet. Harry and Meghan lived in Kensington Palace's Nottingham Cottage at the time of their wedding and went on to spend the start of married life at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, before stepping back from royal duties and heading to America.

Royal fans are also usually able to visit Clarence House in person, however only during the month of August. The official tour usually allows visitors to take a look into all five rooms on the ground floor of the building, where official engagements take place.

Who owns Clarence House?

Much the same as many of the other royal properties, such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House's ownership comes under ownership of the Crown Estate, and so belongs to the current sovereign, rather than being personally owned by Prince Charles.

What's it like inside Clarence House?

Finally, eager fans will have the chance to view the inside of the abode thanks to a new Google function.

The Prince of Wales has allowed Google Arts and Culture to take 360-degree imagery of the inside of his home of 40 years, in order to allow the public to take a look at the extensive royal art collection in his luxury home. 

The tour, created to mark his 70th birthday in 2018, allows users to look inside the royal's garden room, dining room, library, entrance hall, corridor, and the Lancaster and Morning room.

The tour also allows royal fans a sneak peek into some of Prince Charles's private collection of photographs, assembled around the house he and Camilla couple have called home since they married, in 2005. They will also be able to see a selection of three watercolors by the Prince himself.

Charles's communications secretary, Julian Payne, revealed that the Prince himself, and the household worked closely with Google to create the function. Google Arts and Culture also works with other museums and famous institutions to bring artwork to an online audience—an important detail for Prince Charles.

Julian said, "So when we received the invitation to develop the site for the prince he was honored and I think fascinated by what could be done for the charities more than anything else, but also understood to share things like the artwork in Clarence House."

Prince Charles and Camilla have regularly welcomed guests from around the world to their Clarence House home. Mostly, meetings take place in the formal living room which is adorned with historic family photos, low-lighting lamps, and stylish, blue-toned, and sage green furnishings.

Many speeches, meetings, and conferences have also taken place in the huge, wooden hallway of the historic building too.

In photos, you can catch a glimpse of the room, with a wide imposing staircase. The plush red carpet runs up the stairs, while at the bottom is a cabinet full of, likely, the family's finest china.

Pictures of the late Queen Mother scatter the house and in fact, her influence is felt elsewhere too.

Many of the pieces on display at Clarence House are from her own personal collection and are laid out exactly to her specification.

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How much is Clarence House worth?

It's estimated that Clarence House is roughly worth over a staggering £55 million.

The cost isn't surprising though, given that the home is centrally located in Westminster, backs on to miles of beautiful gardens, and has a huge range of rooms and bedrooms. After all, five-bedroom homes in the area can go for upwards of £14 million so a residence with far more than that is going to cost a lot.

What are the Clarence House gardens like?

The grounds of Clarence House are also undeniably impressive too. Formally attached to the Buckingham Palace gardens, Prince Charles has had extensive input into the design of the garden specifically creating a formal area in the grounds in honor of his late grandmother, the Queen mother.

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The Prince's designs were then put in place by members of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts.

Clarence House's gardens are actually also shared with the adjoining royal property St. James's Palace, making it one of the biggest in London.

The rest of the gardens are full of large impressive trees and colorful flowers.

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Is Clarence House open to the public?

Yes, the house is open to visitors during the summer months.

However, as it is also a private home, the public are only able to have a guided tour of five of the most historic rooms on the ground floor, and the adjoining spaces.

You can purchase tickets to visit Clarence House on the Royal Collection Trust website (opens in new tab).

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.