A former home holds a special place in Kate Middleton and Prince William’s hearts after they spent three years there living a ‘normal life’ and blending in with the locals
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in the spotlight since the day they went public with their relationship, and interacting with well-wishers and dealing with press became the norm.
But for a period of time ten years ago, there was one place where they could live a ‘normal life.’
William and Kate met at the age of 19 at the University of St Andrews and were friends before they got together.
After years of on-off dating and two breakups, they moved into a four-bedroom cottage on the Bodorgan Estate on the Welsh island of Anglesey in 2010, while the prince was stationed as a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the RAF.
This was the last time they were able to live like a normal couple – popping to the shops without any staff around them, and for the most part, blending in with the locals.
In October of that year, the couple got engaged whilst on holiday in Kenya, before they tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, royal expert Jennie Bond explained the significance of Wales to the royal couple.
She said: “Wales is very important to William and Kate – not only are they one day going to be the Prince and Princess of Wales, but it was also the place they lived so happily as newlyweds.”
Jennie went on: “Their time in Anglesey was very, very happy, they were pretty much under the radar and, for want of a better word, normal.
“William worked for the RAF and Kate could pop to the supermarket.
“It was a blissful start to married life for them.
“That was the last time they were able to lead a ‘normal’ life so it will always be their happy place.”
Prince William seemed to echo these sentiments when he addressed the crowds at the Anglesey Show in 2013, after his job as a military pilot ended.
He said: “This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both.
“Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.”
After their eldest son, Prince George was born, they moved into apartment 1A in Kensington Palace, and went on to have two more children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The 20-room family home features five reception rooms, three main bedrooms, dressing rooms, a night and day nursery, and staff quarters.