Prince William and Kate’s secret third home on Balmoral gifted by Queen Mother
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge usually split their time between Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall – but they also have a third home tucked away on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate.
Tam-Na-Ghar cottage was given to Prince William as a gift by his great-grandmother the Queen Mother before she died in 2002.
It sits near Prince Charles and Camilla’s Birkhall residence on the estate, where they isolated together while the Prince of Wales recovered from Covid last March.
The lesser-known abode holds some of Prince William and Kate’s happiest memories.
They have been visiting together since they started dating in 2001.
They enjoyed a staycation at the three-bedroom cottage in the summer of 2019 with Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The sheltered residence is so private that no photos have been released showing the interior or exterior.
The 50,000-acre Balmoral estate features 150 buildings in total, including the historic Balmoral Castle where the Queen and Prince Philip spend their annual summer break.
The grounds are also home to the Garden Cottage, which was often used by Queen Victoria for taking her breakfast and writing diaries.
There are even several holiday cottages available for let on the estate – except for when the royal family are in residence – including Colt Cottages, Connachat Cottage, Karim Cottage and Rhebreck Lodge.
Birkhall dates from 1715 and was bought by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the playboy Prince of Wales – later Edward VII – in 1849.
Since then many royals have honeymooned there, including the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Edward and Sophie Wessex and Charles and Camilla.
William and Kate have spent the majority of the pandemic embracing the outdoors at their Georgian countryside residence in Anmer Hall.
Their Norfolk abode, which was given to them as a wedding gift by the Queen, is usually their go-to destination during the children’s school holidays and Christmas.
Prince William and Kate’s countryside estate offers them privacy, where they can enjoy the outside with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
They are thought to have left London before the draconian Tier 4 restrictions were announced in December.
Prince William and wife Kate took Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, to the expansive estate for Christmas.
The royal family-of-five are known for their love of nature and the countryside.
The Duchess appeared on Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast last February, and when asked by host Giovanna Fletcher to complete the sentence, “I’m happy when…,” Kate replied: “I’m with my family outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty.”
In the ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, the Duke also said of his eldest son George: “Seeing my children, seeing the passion in their eyes and the love for being outdoors…
“They find a bug or they love watching how bees are forming the honey.
“George, particularly, if he’s not outdoors he’s quite like a caged animal. He needs to get outside.”
William also revealed that the children had helped with lambing on a farm during February half-term last year.
The Duchess has previously shared her love of making her children’s birthday cakes with Mary Berry, telling the TV cook: “I love making the cake. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up ’til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it.”
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Kate, who has just celebrated her 39th birthday, has Prince Louis’ third and Princess Charlotte’s fourth birthdays to look forward to this spring, while William and George will celebrate their special days in the summer.
During the first national lockdown last April, the Cambridges and their children also made pasta meals and delivered them to elderly residents living on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
And in autumn half-term last year, Kate and their children even baked cupcakes to send to one of the Royal British Legion’s care homes in Norfolk to support the Poppy Appeal.
Anmer Hall reportedly has its own tennis courts and swimming pool, and no doubt Kate has been practising her serve.
The Duchess, who has attended Wimbledon almost every year since joining the royal family, was reportedly receiving lessons at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in Fulham before the first national lockdown.
And Prince George seems to have inherited his mother’s love of the sport and has even played tennis with his favourite player Roger Federer in the past!
The Cambridges are all said to be confident in the water, with William revealing to channel swimmer Eileen Fenton in 2019 that the royals were a “family of swimmers”.
Eileen added: “He said that he and his wife make sure the children can swim and they all go and they swim quite well. I can remember seeing when the Queen was young and her sister Princess Margaret – we used to see them swimming in pictures. He said the whole family have done it.”
During February half-term in 2019, Kate was even spotted swimming with George and Charlotte at a luxury hotel complex in Norfolk and even organised races for the young royals during their visit.