Why Princess Anne ditched £1,300/month London flat after a few months

The Princess Royal lived there before moving to Buckingham Palace

Nichola Murphy

Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence now have two beautiful properties: their main residence is Gatcombe Park, a sprawling estate in Gloucestershire, and their London base at St James's Palace.

However, shortly after they got married, the couple lived in an apartment in central London which the Princess Royal described as having "nosy neighbours" and "noisy traffic".

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In 1993, Princess Anne and Timothy occupied a two-bedroom flat in Drake House on Dolphin Square in Westminster, London. They stayed at the spacious home for just a few months, where they are said to have paid £1,300 rent per month, before moving to Buckingham Palace

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Princess Anne's bedroom


Princess Anne's bedroom featured high ceilings with cream carpets and walls. Anne and Timothy had a wooden bed frame, dressed with white linen, and two black bedside tables, with a single pink fringed lamp at one side.


The second bedroom in the home featured a small wooden desk at the window, a matching towel rack and two chest of drawers.

Princess Anne's living room


The living room was decorated with the same cream carpets and walls as seen throughout the property. Large sash windows with black frames provided plenty of natural light, and furniture included a velvet green sofa with pink cushions, a wooden coffee table with a glass top, and a wooden rocking chair with patterned cushions.

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Princess Anne's kitchen


Anne's kitchen was fitted with white cupboards and appliances, grey worktops, and cream and black patterned tiles on the floor. A white sash window at the sink overlooked the gardens of the apartment block.

Princess Anne's dining room


The kitchen, dining and living room formed an open-plan space, with an island unit between the kitchen and dining area. A table for two was positioned in the middle, with a patterned tablecloth, and a view of the living space and a traditional fireplace beneath a painting mounted on the wall.

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Princess Anne's road


The apartment overlooked Princess Anne's road, as well as a tennis court on the opposite side of the road.

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