Following the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, their now Royal Highnesses are set to move into Clarence House in London.
Worth more than $76.68 million USD Clarence House is situated on Stable Yard Road, just off The Mall, in the City of Westminster and is attached to St. James’s Palace and shares the palace’s garden.
The “house” was built between 1825 and 1827 to a design by John Nash and was commissioned by King William IV who was known as the Duke of Clarence before he inherited the throne in 1830. It formed part of their grand task and vision of updating London (which included Buckingham Palace, Regents Park, the Mall and many other prominent and less-known buildings) to visually meet its position as an Imperial capital.
The house has four storeys, not including attics or basements, and is faced in pale stucco. It has undergone extensive remodelling and reconstruction over the years, most notably after the Second World War.
The Prince of Wales moved here in 2003 with his sons Prince’s William and Harry after the house underwent massive refurbishment following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother whom had called it home for nearly 50 years, since 1953 to 2002.
As home to the Prince of Wales and now his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince Harry, Prince William and now his wife, Catherine, Clarence House enters a new phase of its life and whether the property will continue to be open to visitors for approximately two months each summer has yet to be clarified.
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