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By Rebecca Merriman On September 24, 2013

Kate Middleton And Prince William On The Move? Renovations To Country Mansion Anmer Hall Begin Ready For Royal Family

Couple's country retreat expected to be ready in matter of months

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's new country retreat of Anmer Hall in Norfolk is getting ready for it's new tenants as according to reports work to make it ready for the royal couple has already begun.

Planning permission to make changes to the 10 bedroom mansion on the Queen's private Sandringham estate was granted by King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council in March but work has only just begun, according to The Telegraph, after the previous tenants vacated the property.

Diggers have already been seen at work at the mansion, which is having alterations to both the house and the grounds to give the couple more privacy and security. According to the MailOnline Archaeologists have started to dig away around the location where a new driveway has been planned, to ensure nothing of historical significance is underneath.

The alterations to the country house will be paid for by the royal family as it's privately owned by the Queen, unlike the couple's London residence. They're currently waiting for work to be completed on Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, at a cost of £1.1 million to the taxpayer.

Anmer Hall in Norfolk where the Duke and Duchess are moving (Splash News)

The 21-room apartment, which was previously home to the Queen's sister princess Margaret, will be the couple's main base now the Prince has ended his career in the RAF.

It was confirmed earlier this month he would not be taking on another tour, following three and a half years as a Search and Rescue pilot in North Wales and will make the transition to becoming a full time royal over the next year.

Anmer Hall will be the perfect place to bring up their first son Prince George of Cambridge. The third in line to the throne was born earlier this year and is currently on holiday in Scotland at the Queen's Balmoral estate.

Tags : Kate Middleton, Prince William

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