William and Kate come home to Anmer Hall in Norfolk with new arrival Princess Charlotte and Prince George
Like any other proud couple bringing their new arrival home for the first time, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have returned to their adopted county where they will settle into family life.
As they drove to Anmer Hall from Kensington Palace with new arrival Princess Charlotte and her two-year-old brother Prince George, they were also leaving the glare of publicity behind.
Along with extensive renovations their 10-bedroom retreat on the Sandringham Estate, given to the Cambridges after their wedding by the Queen, has seen extensive planting to screen it from nearby roads. The road leading to the village church has also been re-routed, to protect their privacy. The couple are hoping their children will be able to enjoy a care-free upbringing like that enjoyed by William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana was born at Park House, at Sandringham, in 1961 and lived there until she was 14, attending Riddlesworth School, near Diss.
Most of all, they will hope to be able to live away from the glare of the publicity.
Both William and Kate have shopped at Max Graham-Wood’s Hat Shop in Burnham Market, a few miles from Anmer.
“In Burnham Market, people just want to leave them alone and let them be normal people, because they’re probably the most normal Royals we’ve ever had,” he said. “They just want to come along and do a bit of shopping.”
Norfolk Royal watcher Mary Relph, 81, from Shouldham, near Downham Market, said: “It’s where they’ll call home, it’s a lovely place to bring up children. It’s a lovely hall and there’s a lot of privacy there for them.”
Like thousands of other parents, William and Kate took Prince George to Thursford, near Fakenham, to see Father Christmas last year. “They must have jointly come to the conclusion that this is the place to settle to be a normal family,” said director John Cushing. “They’ve got several friends in the county, it’s isolated, it’s by the sea. In Norfolk we should all respect their privacy and their wish to have a normal life.”
Like any other new father, the Duke is on paternity leave until he resumes the final stages of his training to fly a helicopter for the East Anglian Air Ambulance at the end of this month.
A full-time live-in nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, will be on hand to help as they adjust to life at Anmer Hall and Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, is also expected to offer her support.
Princess Charlotte has had a busy first few days since she arrived on Saturday. Royal relatives including great-grandmother the Queen and grandfather the Prince of Wales travelled to Kensington Palace to meet the fourth-in-line-to-the-throne princess, as have Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton and sister Pippa Middleton.