The Queen’s generous childhood gift that Prince George, Charlotte and Louis could soon enjoy more revealed

The Queen's generous childhood gift was a 6th birthday present and can be found close to the Cambridges' new Windsor home...

Queen’s generous childhood gift will soon be closer to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, seen here in a carriage at Trooping The Colour
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The Queen’s generous childhood gift could possibly be enjoyed by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis more after their Windsor move. 


The extended Royal Family might take a low-key approach to Christmas gifts, but when it comes to birthdays, the monarch once got one of the most unique presents of all. The Queen was just six years old when she received a spectacular life-sized playhouse from the people of Wales for her birthday in 1932, known as Y Bwthyn Bach. It’s believed that protocol dictates royals cannot accept gifts from the public for security reasons. 

However an exception is understood to have been made for the playhouse as it was given as a personal gift to the Queen and not to the Royal Collection Trust. And the Queen’s generous childhood gift could potentially be set to be enjoyed even more by her Cambridge great-grandchildren in the future…

Princess Elizabeth stands in the doorway of Y Bwthyn Bach

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Whilst Her Majesty’s playhouse is intended for children to play in and is not an operational royal residence like Buckingham Palace, it does have running water and electricity and a fully-functioning bathroom and kitchen. It even has a comfortable living room and bedroom, giving it a cosy feel and making it truly like a home away from home. The playhouse was designed by Edmund Willmott and can still be found at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, where she and her sister Princess Margaret had been living when she received the gift. 

This means that the Queen’s generous childhood gift is in an ideal location to be enjoyed by her Cambridge great-grandchildren. In August Prince William and Kate Middleton confirmed their Windsor move following months of speculation. Previously the Cambridge family split their time between Kensington Palace and their countryside home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth at Y Bwthyn Bach

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And whilst Prince George, Charlotte and Louis might well have played in the Queen’s playhouse before during any Windsor visits, with the Royal Lodge also on the Windsor estate it could be much easier to spend time there going forwards. Both the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren are believed to have played there over the years. 

As reported by Express.co.uk (opens in new tab), Princess Beatrice revealed on the documentary, The Diamond Queen, back in 2012,  that renovations had been carried out on the playhouse as she shared her precious childhood memories of playing there.

Describing it as “the most glamorous Wendy House ever”, Princess Beatrice added that her grandmother had given her a very “clear message” about changes.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge clap for NHS carers as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In

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“She still likes to come back and visit. Granny was very clear that for all the fabric she wanted very little designs. It's such a little house that she wanted little flowers and patterns. It's beautiful,” she said.

Princess Beatrice also shared that “Granny and her sister played here growing up and we've been lucky enough to play here with cousins and second cousins” before expressing that now the “great-grandchildren can enjoy it too”. 

With their upcoming Windsor move, Prince George, Charlotte and Louis will soon be living closer than ever before to the Queen’s generous childhood gift. The close proximity at least gives them the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent playhouse more as they settle into their new home.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.