Queen’s forgotten castle she’s never called home but William and Kate almost did

The Queen owns a luxury home on the Windsor Estate in Berkshire – but she has never lived in it.

But it's been previously said that Prince William and Kate Middleton have been eyeing it up as they "seriously consider" moving closer to Her Majesty.

Fort Belvedere was built between 1750 and 1755 for Prince William Augustus.

Dubbed "The Fort" by most of the Royal Family, it was constructed in the architectural style of Gothic Revival.

The grand home was greatly expanded by King George IV, who first added an octagonal dining room, a large flag pole and a three-storey annex.

Queen Victoria later used the home as a tea house and allowed it to open to the public in the 1860's.

Prince Edward further renovated the property when he moved in in 1929, adding bathrooms, showers, central heating, and a steam room, MyLondon reports.

Last year it was reported that William and Kate could be considering moving closer to Windsor to be nearer to the Monarch in a royal 'shake-up'.

There were reports that Fort Belvedere is an option for the family.

Moving the family closer could prove useful as the monarchy prepares for major changes in the future.

At the moment, William and Kate split their time between their London home at Kensington Palace and the country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

The home, based on the Sandringham Estate, was a wedding present from Her Majesty.

Kate and William made it their permanent home following refurbishment work.

Previously, Prince William was working as a helicopter pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the couple was keen for their children to have as a normal upbringing as possible, away from members of the public.

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A source said: "Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore.

"It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."

There are other advantages if the Cambridges choose to move, including Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, being nearby in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

Kate's sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews, also live in the village with their two children.

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