Will Prince William take over King Charles III’s estate portfolio after the Queen’s death?


Rachel Avery

The QueenThe death of means that there will be big changes within the royal family, and this includes the properties they own and the titles they hold.

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As King Charles ascends the throne, his title of Duke of Cornwall passed to his eldest son, Prince Williamwho will also become the controller of the Duchy of Cornwall, which is a land and property portfolio.

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Prince William is also set to take over Prince Charles’ country estate, Highgrove House, along with a host of other properties and land. As the official Duchy of Cornwall website explains: “At the age of 21, in 1969, he accessed all of the Duchy’s income and took over its management.”

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The functioning of the Duchy property has been defined in the rules. “A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the monarch’s eldest surviving son and heir to the throne.”

Highgrove House is a wonderful country retreat

Of course, this doesn’t mean that William will move into Highgrove, but it does mean that he will technically be the owner, having his father as a tenant should he stay to reside there.

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Other properties to be owned and managed by William under the Duchy include developments in Newquay and Poundbury and most of the land that makes up the Isles of Scilly.

It comes just a week after Prince William and Kate took another big step by moving to Windsor with their three children.

Prince William spent part of his childhood at Highgrove Estate

The Cambridges moved to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The historic four-bedroom house is very close to Windsor Castle and it is also conveniently located just 40 minutes’ drive from the Duchess’ parents Carole and Michael, as well as his brother Jamesbecause they all live in Berkshire.

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