Inside Princess Anne’s quirky £1300 a month former London flat
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Princess Anne and husband Sir Timonthy Laurence lived in an apartment in central London before moving to Buckingham Palace. The couple only stayed there for a few months before deciding it wasn’t for them.
Although Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timonthy Laurence now reside at their main residence Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire and at their London base at St James’s Palace, they did once live in a two-bedroom flat in Westminster, London.
Princess Anne, who reportedly could gain Prince Harry's military patronages, described it as having ‘noisy neighbours and ‘noisy traffic.’ The flat was in Drake House on Dolphin Square and the couple are said to have paid. £1300 rent per month to stay there.
The main bedroom featured high ceilings and a neutral décor of cream carpets and walls. The wooden bed frame featured simple white bedding, with two dark bedside tables, with one of them featuring a pink fringed lamp.
The living room also featured a neutral carpet and walls. A velvet green sofa occupied the centre of the room and had pink cushions on it. In front of the sofa, was a wooden coffee table and next to it was a wooden rocking chair with patterned cushions.
In the second bedroom of the apartment was a wooden desk at the window. Next to it was a matching towel rack. The room also featured two wooden chests of drawers.
Princess Anne and Sir Timonthy Laurence’s kitchen featured white cupboards and appliances and patterned tiles on the floor. The kitchen connected to the living room and dining room to form an open-plan space.
There was a table for two in the middle, with a patterned tablecloth. From the table, you were able to view the living space, which featured a traditional fireplace.
The apartment overlooked a busy road, which featured a tennis court on the opposite side.
Princess Anne and her husband now mainly reside at Gatcombe Park which the Queen bought in 1976. She purchased it for her daughter and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.
Princess Anne can see her daughter Zara, son in law Mike Tindall and her grandchildren as they live nearby. Her son Peter and his estranged wife Autumn reside on separate properties on the estate as they both co-parent their daughters Savannah and Isla.
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Princess Anne’s brother Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spend much of their time at Highgrove, which is just a few miles away in Tetbury.
The address of Princess Anne’s former flat in Dolphin Square has been home in the past to many notable figures. As it is only a 20-minute walk to the House of Commons, it has naturally been a popular choice for many MPs.
The likes of William Hague and former Prime Minister Harold Wilson are just two notable names who have used the square as their London base.
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