The Cambridge family, now counting five members, split their time between two home locations, either staying at Kensington Palace or at Anmer Hal. However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge own one more residence on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate: Tam-Na-Ghar cottage.
Tam-Na-Ghar was given to Prince William as a gift from his great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, shortly before her death in 2002. The cottage is located near Birkhall, Prince Charles and Camilla’s residence on the Balmoral Estate, where the two have been isolating together after the Prince of Wales tested positive for the virus back in March of last year.
William and Kate have visited the three-bedroom cottage together way back during their days at St Andrew’s University, with the pair reportedly telling friends that they have enjoyed some of their happiest times together there.
They have visited it throughout the years on occasions, even staying there with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, back in the 2019, when the entire family went on summer holiday in Scotland.
Due to it being not-as-known as the other properties owned by the couple, it has remained quite private, with no photos having been released showing the interior or the exterior.
Balmoral has around 150 buildings in its 50,000 acres, such as Balmoral Castle, where the Queen and her husband Prince Philip go to spend their annual summer break, and the Garden Cottage, which was used by Queen Victoria, where she had breakfast and wrote her diaries.
On the estate there are also several holiday cottages that are available for let on, except for when the royal family is in residence, and those are Colt Cottages, Connachat Cottage, Karim Cottage and Rhebreck Lodge.
Prince William and Kate, along with their three children, have spent almost the whole of the lockdowns and pandemic at their second home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, returning to London only once when the kids had to return to school.
The home has three spacious storey’s and a big outdoors, perfect for three small children. It is near Sandringham House, where the Queen usually spends Christmas and hosts the other members of the royal family during the festive season.
They are also near Prince George’s godfather William van Cutsem. The 18th-century building was given to the couple as a wedding gift by the Queen in 2011, with the couple using it as their main residence during the time when Prince William worked as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, when they made the move to Kensington Palace, coinciding with becoming more active royals.