Will King Charles III, the former Prince of Wales, live at Buckingham Palace as he takes his position as Britain’s new monarch?
Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, Charles has become King, and Camilla, Queen Consort. Prior to being head of the monarchy, the then-Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, resided at Clarence House in London, with other homes including Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, and Llwynywermod in Wales.
A move to Buckingham Palace would be in keeping with tradition, as it has been the official home of British monarchs since 1837. Buckingham Palace has an impressive 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. It also has a Post Office, cinema, swimming pool, doctor’s surgery, and jeweller’s workshop. The Palace garden is the largest private garden in London, which includes a tennis court, lake, and helicopter pad.
Buckingham Palace is currently embarking on a 10-year renovation project in order to keep the building fit for the future. With the royal residence welcoming around half a million people each summer, the changes to make the Palace safe include a new lift installation, and repair work on aged electrical wiring, water pipes and boilers.
Take a look at more of King Charles’ residences below:
Clarence House has been the royal residence of many members of the Royal Family throughout the last 170 years. It was the official London residence of King Charles before the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Located just a short stroll away from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House was built in the 1820s and has five bedrooms, a drawing room with a central fireplace, a morning room filled with personal photographs, artworks and antiques, and additional principle rooms which have been used for receptions and other official entertaining over the years.
To prepare the building, Clarence House underwent extensive refurbishment and redecoration. The renovation included new colour schemes, updated textiles, and several new pieces from the Royal Collection and from King Charles’ own art collection.
Set in the heart of Gloucestershire, Highgrove House, owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, was the family residence of Charles and Camilla. Charles bought the country house, along with its glorious gardens and nearby farmland (known as the Duchy Home Farm), in 1980.
Loved by Charles for its easy access to London, Highgrove House has an eco-friendly approach, with modernised features including energy-saving bulbs, solar lights, Biomass boilers, and a specially built reed bed sewage system used for all of Highgrove’s waste. Rare trees and plants have been grown for future generations to enjoy, meanwhile heritage seeds are planted to ensure these varieties continue to flourish.
Charles and Camilla’s Welsh home, Llwynywermod, in the small village of Myddfai in Carmarthenshire, was bought in 2007 for £1.2 million. Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, the luxurious farmhouse includes three cottages, a Grade II-listed barn and a separate main house.
Originally built as a model farm, the property was transformed by architect Craig Hamilton who implemented Charles’ philosophy of building sustainably. The house is made from existing and locally sourced materials, including Welsh slate and lime plaster, there’s rainwater storage, and heating and hot water comes from a wood chip boiler.
As for the interiors, Llwynywermod has a lovely main reception room with grand high ceilings and exposed wooden beams, plus three bedrooms, and a bathroom with cream walls and tiles. The interiors were designed by Annabel Elliot, who used predominantly local furniture, textiles and objects. The outside space is picture-perfect. Surrounded by 192 acres of countryside, it includes six English field maples which formed the avenue of trees at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, which were later replanted at Llwynywermod.