Following the death of The Queen last week, King Charles has had a lot of changes to deal with as he became the new monarch following his mother’s sad passing.
Alongside his grief, the new King, supported by his devoted wife, Camilla, Queen Consort must now navigate his mother’s funeral, his impending coronation and readjust to his life as the head of state, after spending so much of his life waiting to follow in his mother’s formidable footsteps.
But one specific logistical concern that will now need to be addressed, is where the new King and Queen Consort will live.
Prior to becoming the head of state, the former Prince of Wales had resided happily at Clarence House in London, while enjoying a number of other private residences which included Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, and Llwynywermod in Wales.
So where will the new King live?
Buckingham Palace, London
Traditionally, the King would be expected to move to Buckingham Palace, which has been the official home of British monarchs since 1837, when Queen Victoria herself made the move when she became Queen.
The impressive abode boasts 775 rooms in total, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
A number of other amenities are also located on site, which include a Post Office, cinema, swimming pool, doctor's surgery, and jeweller's workshop.
The accompanying garden is also the largest private garden in London, and comes complete with a tennis court, a helicopter pad and even its very own lake.
Buckingham Palace is currently in the middle of a 10 year renovation project designed to future-proof the historic building amid continuing footfall from over half a million people each Summer.
The changes currently underway are designed to make the Palace safer, with an installation of a new lift, repairs to aged electrical wiring and updates to the boilers and water pipes being just some of the upgrades taking place.
Clarence House, London
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While not always the first royal residence that springs to mind, Clarence House has been hosting the Royal Family for over 170 years, with the beautiful building being King Charles’ London residence alongside Queen Consort Camilla prior to his mother’s death.
Located only a short walk away from Buckingham Palace itself, the five bedroomed home dates back to around 1820, and features a more modest selection of rooms compared to it’s grander neighbour.
It does however still boast a drawing room with a central fireplace and a morning room that has been filled with various personal trinkets including photographs, artworks and antiques.
There are also a handful of other principle rooms, but that have largely been used for entertaining over the years, for example during official engagements.
Much like Buckingham Palace, Clarence House also underwent extensive refurbishment in recent years, with new colour schemes and updated textiles breathing new life into the enviable home, including the addition of some pieces from King Charles' own art collection.
Highgrove House, Gloucestershire
Located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside Highgrove House is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and was the family residence of Charles and Camilla while they were still the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.
Charles purchased the property back in 1980, after he fell in love with the lush green gardens and nearby farmland that had lead to it previously being known as Duchy Home Farm.
The home was also conveniently located for easy access to London, but offered a welcome escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with many of Highgrove House’s features being designed with the environment in mind.
Modernised to include everything from energy-saving bulbs, solar lights, Biomass boilers, and a specially built sewage system consisting of a reed bed, the property was designed to be a functional living space while also minimising any negative impact on the surrounding countryside.
This was especially important to King Charles, as he himself is an avid environmentalist and welcomed the addition of rare trees and plants that can now be enjoyed by future generations at the property.
The couple also own a Welsh home in Myddfai, a small village tucked away in Carmarthenshire.
Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, the luxury farm was purchased in 2007 for around £1.2million and even includes a Grade II listed barn.
The property was originally intended to be a model farm, but architect Craig Hamilton, an advocate of building sustainably, soon transformed the property with a variety of existing and locally sourced materials including Welsh slate and lime plaster.
The property also boasts rainwater storage, with heating and hot water supplied by a wood chip boiler, perfect for keeping warm in the cold Welsh winters.
Inside the property, which is the smallest of the three owned by King Charles, Llwynywermod features a main reception room with high ceilings and attractive exposed beams, while three bedrooms make it a perfect size for everyday living.
Kitted out primarily in local furniture, textiles and objects, the interior of the property was designed by Annabel Elliot, while the exterior is set in 192 acres of pristine and well maintained countryside.
It is also the home of six English field maples that were used in Prince William and Kate Middleton ’s wedding back in 2011, with the stunning trees replanted in Llwynywermod following their use on the special day.
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