The royal family is known for its luxurious properties and Fort Belvedere is no exception. The palace was built several centuries ago, but now it is surrounded by noisy establishments for young people.
The late Queen Elizabeth II owned a luxurious palace on the Windsor estate, but never lived there due to noisy neighbors. The Daily Star reports.
We are talking about an area in Sureya, which is surrounded by chic pubs and very noisy students. Fort Belvedere was built between 1750 and 1755 as an estate for Prince William Augustus.
This palace is called one of the most luxurious that the queen has ever owned, however, she never lived in it. It’s a stone’s throw from a number of other royal residences, including Cumberland Lodge, Royal Lodge, Cranbourne Lodge and Forest Lodge, but the mansion’s neighbors aren’t just royalty.
Royal Holloway University and some student areas are 10 minutes’ drive from Fort Belvedere. Young people there regularly have fun in bars.
On the other side of the mansion there are also nightclubs and popular establishments among students where they spend their free time from studying. By the way, next to it there is a pub with a 400-year history. It has a thatched roof and serves classic British food.
Fort Belvedere: what is known about the palace
It was built in the Gothic Revival style. King George IV expanded the estate and added an octagonal dining room, a large flagpole and a three-storey extension. Queen Victoria later used the palace as a tea house and it was opened to the public in the 1860s.
In 1929, Prince Edward moved to the estate and carried out another reconstruction. He added bathrooms, showers, central heating and a steam bath.
Then Canadian retail tycoon Galen Weston and his wife Hillary moved into the estate. He passed away in 2021, but his family continues to live there.
In 2022, there were rumors that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton might move there from London to be closer to the Queen, but this did not happen.
Let us recall that on October 6 it was reported that the wills of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will be kept secret for 90 years. This is necessary in order to protect the “dignity” of the Queen and her close family members.