It seems Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William have gone on to incur the wrath of locals after going on to pick what has been derided as ‘vulgar’ colorful ties for their country manor home, Anmer Hall at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Over the last few weeks the ten bedroom Georgian manor, which Kate and William are said to be turning into their second home, has seen its tiles replaced with new colorful red tiles to the chagrin of locals.
Told one local of the building first built in 1802: ‘The building dates back to the early 1800s but it looks more like a Barratt home now,’
‘It’s not an eyesore but it does look completely different.’
Ancillary revisions to be footed by the Queen include a new garden room, an existing wood store room to be converted into additional accommodation as well as a rerouted driveway, new trees to keep its soon to be new residents shielded from public view.
The hall was used as an illicit bolt-hole by Prince Charles and the then Camilla Parker-Bowles during their long-running affair when it was rented by the prince’s friend Hugh van Cutsem.
Former residents include Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, and the late monarch’s grandson, the Marquess of Carisbrooke, followed by, most recently, the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and her husband, Lord Snowdon.
At present it is not publicly known who orchestrated the changing of the tiles except to say approved changes were made under delegated powers, rather than having to go through the usual council planning process. One presumes to the chagrin of locals…