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Game of Homes!: It’s all change for the royals as William inherits vast £1.2BILLION Duchy portfolio

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King Charles never runs out of places to live. At least his nine notable palaces lay their weary heads.

However, in a merry-go-round estate called “Game of Homes”, the monarch also turned over the 130,000-acre Duchy of Cornwall to his eldest son. , which technically means that William is the landlord of his father.

This legacy makes the new Prince of Wales the UK’s largest private property owner with £1.2 billion in 23 counties, including farms, residential estates, seven castles, forests, coastlines and commercial land.

Charles has inherited a sizeable portfolio. queen – Including Balmoral and Sandringham – or as part of the Crown Estate Buckingham Palace Also windsor castle.

These join those he already owned, including Barkhall on the Balmoral estate, inherited from the Queen Mother. Dumfries House and May’s Castle, Scottish landmarks held by his charitable trust. and two Romanian bolt holes.

Here we outline some of the more unusual properties that Prince William inherited as part of the Principality.

William’s takeover of the principality increased the chances of his father being able to claim rent for the 18th-century Highgrove mansion.Photo: William riding a pony with Princess Diana in Highgrove

puffin islands

The principality owns most of the more than 200 Isles of Scilly, including almost a third of the houses on the five inhabited islands of St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes and Briar, off the coast of the Cornish. there is a rock Tourism, attracted by seals, dolphins, puffins and rare flowers, accounts for over 85% of the local economy. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust pays the principality a rent for one daffodil per year.

The principality owns most of the over 200 Isles of Scilly and is off the coast of the Cornish.Pictured: St Agnes Island

The principality owns most of the over 200 Isles of Scilly and is off the coast of the Cornish.Pictured: St Agnes Island

Category C Prison

Among the 70,000 acres of the Duchy of Devon is the freehold land of Dartmoor Gaol, which has housed London gangsters Frank ‘The Mad Axeman’ Mitchell and Jack ‘the Hat’ McVitie for years. I was. It currently holds 640 prisoners.

“Toy Town”

Charles’ proud creation of the Dorset town of Poundbury reflects his traditional approach to architecture and urban planning. In line with his green principles, the house is heated with biomethane gas. Critics derided it as a vanity project, nicknamed it “Toy Town” or “feudal Disneyland,” while others praised its simple and charming aesthetic.

Built on land in the Principality of Cornwall, Poundbury (pictured) is currently home to about 4,600 people in a mix of private and affordable housing.

Built on land in the Principality of Cornwall, Poundbury (pictured) is currently home to about 4,600 people in a mix of private and affordable housing.

oval cricket ground

Originally a cabbage patch and market garden, the London Grounds hosted England’s first international Test cricket in September 1880, and the final Test match of the English season is still traditionally played there.

Kennington Oval site was once a cabbage patch and market garden owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

Kennington Oval site was once a cabbage patch and market garden owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

legendary castle

Dating back to the 5th century, Tintagel Castle sits on the jagged Corniche and is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. The Duchy also owns 270 ancient ruins, including the ruins of his 12th-century Lydford Castle in Devon, Maiden Castle in Dorset and Berkhamsted Castle in Hertfordshire, in addition to Launceston and Restmer Castles. .

The Principality also owns Restmer Castle near Lostwithiel in Cornwall (pictured)

The Principality also owns Restmer Castle near Lostwithiel in Cornwall (pictured)

waitrose shop

The Principality owns Tregra Park in Truro, Cornwall, which houses a Waitrose store, a household waste recycling center and a 1,379-car car park.

surf heaven

Plans are underway to build 4,000 new homes on 540 acres of land owned primarily by the Principality near the surfers’ favorite Cornish Resort in Newquay.

garden center

The botanical nursery at Lostwithiel in Cornwall has been described as a ‘place of sanctuary’ and was designed by Queen Camilla’s sister, Annabel Elliott.

millions of trees

The Principality owns 4,300 acres of managed forest, including 2,200 acres in Cornwall alone. Timber is used to make lintels, window frames, and beams with regenerative properties. Collect wood chips to smoke locally grown foods. Greenscombwood in the Tamar Valley is also one of his four locations in the UK where the rare Heath Heath Fritillary can be found.

The principality’s woodlands are largely dominated by conifers such as Douglas fir, larch and red cedar.

It also owns 11,370 acres of farmland and woodland on The Guys Estate in the Herefordshire countryside near Ross-on-Wye.

holiday cottage

The portfolio includes 28 ‘charming period properties’ in Cornwall, Wales and the Isles of Scilly, set in the surroundings with light fixtures made from bottles and coffee tables made from old wooden chests of drawers. Designed with you in mind.

river and coastline

The principality owns the Salcomb-Kingsbridge estuary in Devon and the estuaries of the Dart, Avon (Devon), Tamar, Lou, Helford and Camel rivers. It also owns coastal foreshores around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The waters are used not only for fishing, but also for mussel, clam and cockle farming.

high glove

William’s takeover of the duchy increased his chances of claiming his father for rent on an 18th-century house near Tetbury. Garden restoration was a passion project for Charles, who raises bees and sells jars of honey for £25 at a time.

Prince William is technically his father's landlord as long as he continues to live in the king's beloved Highgrove mansion in Gloucestershire (pictured).

Prince William is technically his father’s landlord as long as he continues to live in the king’s beloved Highgrove mansion in Gloucestershire (pictured).

Welsh farmer

The Principality is believed to own Charles’ Welsh home at Llwynywermod near the Brecon Beacons. Charles and Camilla often hide out at the farmhouse on the 192-acre property, which includes two vacation homes.

The Principality is believed to own Charles' Welsh home at Llwynywermod near the Brecon Beacons (pictured).

The Principality is believed to own Charles’ Welsh home at Llwynywermod near the Brecon Beacons (pictured).

King Charles’ extended estate empire

  • Buckingham Palace, London
  • Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
  • Balmoral, Scotland
  • Windsor Castle, Berkshire
  • Kensington Palace, London
  • Burkhall, Royal Deeside
  • Clarence House, London
  • DUMFRIES HOUSE and CASTLE OF MEY, Scotland (owned by a charitable trust associated with Charles)
  • Romanian cottage

Two properties including a house in Viscri Village, Transylvania, purchased in 2006. Charles is said to have fallen in love with the area during his 1998 visit and spends several days here each year painting landscapes. His rudimentary property, the Blue House (right), features traditional, artisanal Transylvanian furnishings.

Charles' pristine property, the Blue House (pictured), features traditional, artisanal Transylvanian furnishings

Charles’ pristine property, the Blue House (pictured), features traditional, artisanal Transylvanian furnishings

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