King Charles’ country house is a short drive from Queen Camilla’s private bolthole
Since the Queen’s death on September 8, King Charles has adjusted to his new role as monarch. By his side is new Queen Consort Camilla, and both have private residences in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire where they can return to when they need a break from royal life.
As monarch, many would expect King Charles to move into Buckingham Palace, the traditional royal seat in London.
But while renovations are underway at the palace, it is believed Charles will continue to call Clarence House his home in the capital for the time being.
Since the Queen’s death, Charles has also spent time at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, her private residence which belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall.
Surrounded by lush gardens that he designed himself, Highgrove has held a special place in Charles’ heart since the 1980s.
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Highgrove was previously the residence of MP Maurice Macmillan, son of former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
A Grade II listed building, Highgrove is set in beautiful green surroundings which visitors can visit at certain times of the year.
Now that Prince William is the Duke of Cornwall, Highgrove now falls under his Duchy of Cornwall portfolio.
According to The Sun, this makes William his father’s landlord and Charles may now have to pay rent to keep the residence.
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Camilla told Monty Don in an interview with Country Life, “It’s my refuge, the only place where I can be completely relaxed on my own terms.”
Ray Mill also has a swimming pool, stables and an idyllic terrace.
The beautiful residence was used by Camilla’s daughter, Laura Lopes, for her wedding reception in 2006.
Kate, Princess of Wales also snapped photos of Camilla at the residence to mark her 75th birthday earlier this year.