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Duke of Gloucester and his wife offer first ever look inside their Kensington Palace cottage

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have offered the first ever look inside their Kensington Palace home. 

The Duke, a first cousin of the Queen, and his wife live in the Old Stables, an historic cottage in the grounds of the palace, which is home to several members of the royal family including Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The Gloucesters moved into the cottage last year after vacating their previous home at Apartment 1, where they were neighbours with the Cambridges. 

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have offered the first ever look inside their Kensington Palace home. Pictured: The Duke of Gloucester phoned the Scottish Veterans Residences, an association that assists former servicemen and women, from the study, where he was photographed sitting inside an inbuilt bookcase that houses and impressive collection

The Duchess looked hard at work at a desk covered in trinkets and personal treasures, including a glass display case showcasing a collection of ceramic animals, including a hare (2) and jade carvings (3). Also pictured is: 4. An ornamental silver basket; 5. A statuette of a horse; 6. A commemorative tankard; 7. A framed painting depicting the Changing of the Guards

The Duchess looked hard at work at a desk covered in trinkets and personal treasures, including a glass display case showcasing a collection of ceramic animals, including a hare (2) and jade carvings (3). Also pictured is: 4. An ornamental silver basket; 5. A statuette of a horse; 6. A commemorative tankard; 7. A framed painting depicting the Changing of the Guards

The cottage was previously home to Sir Alan ‘Tommy’ Lascelles, a longtime friend and private secretary to Edward VIII and King George VI, who was played by Pip Torrens on Netflix series The Crown.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were both photographed working from home and the photos shared on the Royal Family social media accounts, which have been highlighting the work being carried out during quarantine.

The Duke of Gloucester phoned the Scottish Veterans Residences, an association that assists former servicemen and women, from the study, while his wife spoke to Asthma UK from a sitting room, Vanity Fair reported. 

A closer look at the images reveal clues about the couple’s personal tastes and their shared interests with other royals. 

The Duke, a first cousin of the Queen, and his wife live in the Old Stables, a historic cottage in the grounds of the palace, which is home to several members of the royal family including Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pictured, Kensington Palace

The Duke, a first cousin of the Queen, and his wife live in the Old Stables, a historic cottage in the grounds of the palace, which is home to several members of the royal family including Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pictured, Kensington Palace

The Duke’s study is dominated by a fitted bookshelf that houses an extensive collection of books, including several impressive-looking hardback tomes. 

Although the titles of the books are difficult to make out, there appears to be a crown insignia on several of the spines, suggesting they could be titles related to royalty.  

On the far left of the image, on top of the fireplace, there is a framed miniature painting of an unknown man in historical dress. It is possible this man is an ancestor of either the Duke or Duchess. 

A number of members of the royal family, including the Duchess of Cornwall and the Earl of Wessex, have been photographed in front of similarly stacked bookshelves in recent weeks. 

The cottage was previously home to Sir Alan 'Tommy' Lascelles

He was played by Pip Torrens on Netflix series The Crown

The cottage was previously home to Sir Alan ‘Tommy’ Lascelles, a longtime friend and private secretary to Edward VIII and King George VI, who was played by Pip Torrens on Netflix series The Crown (right)

Meanwhile the Duchess looked hard at work at a desk covered in trinkets and personal treasures, including a glass display case showcasing a collection of ceramic animals and jade carvings. 

There is also a statuette of a horse on a stand, in a nod to her love of equestrian sports, which is shared with other members of the royal family. On the far right corner of the desk is a commemorative tankard, although the description is difficult to make out from the angle.  

On the wall behind the duchess there is a framed painting depicting the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. 

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester spent many years living in the spacious 21-bedroom Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace, where they raised their three children: Lady Rose Gilman, Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Lady Davina Windsor. 

Once their children left home the couple took the decision to downsize and move into the cottage.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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