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Where Princess Catherine and Her Family Are Living during Her Cancer Treatment

Amid Princess Catherine’s cancer battle, her and her family’s choice to stay at their serene Adelaide Cottage garners widespread support for its privacy and charm. Public sentiment echoes admiration for their “smart” and discreet choice of living away from prying eyes.

In the quaint embrace of Windsor’s Adelaide Cottage, Princess Catherine, along with Prince William and their three children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—forge moments far removed from the public eye. Their move to the 200-year-old pink dwelling in 2022, a decision initially propelled by a desire for privacy, has now turned into a sanctuary for recovery as the Princess of Wales undergoes cancer treatment.

Prince George, Princess Catherine, Prince Louis, Prince William and Princess Charlotte arriving at Lambrook School in Bracknell, England on September 7, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Nestled within the serene expanses of Windsor Home Park, the 655-acre estate offers a stark contrast to the family’s previous residence at Kensington Palace. The cottage’s charm, history, and “domestic” architecture underscore a lineage of royal occupants that traces back to its construction in 1831 as a summer retreat for Queen Adelaide.

A picture of Kensington Palace in London, England on March 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

With its picturesque grounds and close proximity to the Lambrook School—where the Wales children are students—and stables for their equestrian pursuits, Adelaide Cottage provides an ideal backdrop for the family’s endeavors towards a semblance of normal life amid trying times.

The public’s reaction to the family’s choice of residence during this challenging period has been overwhelmingly supportive, with people praising the move for its discretion and simplicity. One fan praised“I think their move to Adelaide Cottage was a smart move. No servants live with [them]. No leaks.”

One comment from a social media user seemed to poke fun at the Prince and Princess’s living quarters: “So, the @RoyalFamily exiled the [Sussexes] to Frogmore. But, since they bring their star power everywhere they go… the place is now cool to live at… & of course, @KensingtonRoyal had to copy it because that’s all they know how to do 😂#MonkeySeeMonkeyDo.”

However, the majority leaned in favor of the residence with another fan stating“The fact that Catherine & William were happy at the little cottage speaks volumes. They wanted their privacy together – a lot like now in Adelaide Cottage. I wish them both every happiness.”

Downsizing from the grandeur of Kensington Palace to a more intimate setting marked a significant lifestyle shift for the Prince and Princess of Wales. Despite the logistical adjustments, which included the relocation of their trusted nanny, Maria Borrallo, the Cambridges embraced this change, finding solace in Windsor’s tranquility.

The move not only brought them closer to nature and Princess Catherine’s parents but also signified a commitment to providing a grounded upbringing for their children away from the limelight.

With its narratives of architectural reuse and royal legacies, Adelaide Cottage encapsulates a blend of public heritage and private comfort. Its proximity to significant royal landmarks, including the nearby Frogmore Cottage and the main Windsor Castle, underscores the interconnectedness of royal residences while emphasizing the unique position of the home as a haven in the royal family’s real estate portfolio.

Before settling in Adelaide Cottage, Princess Catherine lived in a variety of homes that reflected her journey from an ordinary civilian to the Duchess of Cambridge with each residence marking a significant chapter in her life.

Bucklebury Manor—her childhood home—grounded her in a setting of familial warmth while St Salvator’s Hall was the place where she experienced university life, and where love blossomed between her and Prince William amid the hall’s gothic splendor.

Prince William and Princess Catherine during a visit to Centrepoint's Camberwell Foyer in London, England on December 21, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

Old Church Street in Chelsea served as her post-graduate haven—shared with her sister Pippa Middleton—offering a glimpse into her life before royal engagements took precedence. Her temporary abode at Bodorgan Hall on the Anglesey coast allowed for a private retreat while Prince William served with the RAF.

Princess Catherine and Pippa Middleton at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England on July 13, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

1A Kensington Palace, which boasted 20 rooms, signified her full embrace into the royal fold while Anmer Hall, a 10-bedroom Georgian mansion, was a gift from the late Queen Elizabeth II.

A picture of Kensington Palace in London, England on March 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Aside from the vast past residences she has lived in, Adelaide Cottage emerges as a safe space for the beloved royal to undergo treatment as she bravely faces her health challenge.

As we previously reported on March 5, 2024, Princess Catherine was spotted with her mom near Windsor where she is recovering from her abdominal surgery.

Carole Middleton and Princess Catherine at the Royal Ascot in Ascot, England on June 20, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Amidst curiosity and concern for Princess Catherine’s health, the Palace assured the public of her steady progress, kindly requesting privacy during this time. However, people were still relieved to see pictures of the Princess near Windsor accompanied by her mother, after she was spotted for the first time in over two months since her surgery.

On Monday, near Windsor Castle, the Princess of Wales was seen sitting in the passenger seat of a black Audi SUV. Her mom, Carole Middleton, was driving, she looked relaxed, simply focusing on the road ahead. Trying to maintain her privacy, Princess Kate wore black sunglasses and let her hair down.

The palace announced that the Princess would be “unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter,” which falls on March 31st this year. Until then, it seems like the Princess has decided to reside in their family’s residence, Adelaide Cottage in Windsor.

Windsor Castle, Windsor, 2007 | Source: Getty Images

Adelaide Cottage, nestled within the serene Windsor estate, is a perfect example of a quieter, more intimate side of royal living. Chosen by Prince William and his wife, this residence offers a stark contrast to their bustling London base at Kensington Palace.

The cottage, nearly 200 years old, is a perfect balance between elegance and simplicity. With classic marble fireplaces and a dignified facade, it is known for its historical charm.

The house offers the Cambridges a serene and private hidden place surrounded by nature. Away from busy loud London, and close to the Middleton children’s school, it is a perfect place to recover.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, 2022 | Source: Getty Images