It's no secret that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, are big tennis fans; they played opposite each other during the start of their romance at St Andrews, and are scheduled to appear again at Wimbledon next week. Now the royal couple are looking to secure a home advantage, by submitting plans to revamp the tennis court at Anmer Hall.
Prince William and Kate have filed a planning application with the borough council asking to relocate the tennis court at their rural Norfolk retreat, which was a wedding gift from the Queen. The couple are currently staying at their ten-bedroom Georgian home, enjoying quiet family time with their new baby daughter Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
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William and Kate have submitted plans for a new tennis court at Anmer Hall
The 3.65-hectare court will stand adjacent to Anmer Hall, overlooking parks and ponds. It will have an AstroTurf surface and will replace an existing court that has fallen into disrepair.
According to the application, the couple were advised by a landscape designer to move the site to provide more space around the court, and in doing so also "improve the views" the family enjoy from their home. It will be relocated to "an area of undeveloped garden".
The royal couple have already carried out extensive work at the ten-bedroom property
William and Kate have already carried out extensive work at Anmer Hall, which was built in 1802, including remaking a driveway, adding more trees and shrubs for added security, replacing roof tiles, converting a 'garden store' into living quarters and creating a pergola in front of their kitchen. The couple also recently employed a new housekeeper to help run their country mansion.
Anmer Hall is one of 150 properties situated on the Queen’s 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and is just two miles east of Sandringham House, one of her favourite private residences.