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King Charles's big change at Sandringham will affect Princess Kate and Prince William's home

His Majesty took over the running of the Sandringham estate in 2017

King Charles at Braemar Highland Gathering 2022
Phoebe Tatham
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15 April 2024
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King Charles is planning to build a solar farm on his Sandringham estate, it has been revealed.

His Majesty, who took over maintenance of Sandringham in 2017, has applied for planning permission to install around 2,000 solar panels on horse grazing paddocks in a bid to provide zero-carbon energy for his sprawling estate which spans 20,000 acres.

Aerial view of field where King Charles III wants to build a huge solar farm in Norfolk to generate electricity for his Royal Sandringham estate.© BAV MEDIA /
The monarch wants to build a solar farm on his Sandringham estate

The plans lodged with King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council claim the solar farm will "meet current and predicted future electricity demands of the Sandringham Estate".

It's believed that the solar panels, which will be placed across 2.3 hectares of land, will provide a combined total of 2.1MW of energy.

King Charles III plans for solar farm in Norfolk to generate electricity for his Royal Sandringham estate.© BAV MEDIA /
The solar panels will be placed across 2.3 hectares of land

The application says: "The location of the proposed panels is visually contained by existing development and mature vegetation, and the development would not result in the loss of any productive agricultural land."

While the overhaul will have a direct impact on King Charles's home, it will also affect Prince William and Princess Kate's rural bolthole, Anmer Hall, which was given to the couple as a wedding gift by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Their Georgian property is just a stone's throw away from the Sandringham estate, meaning that the Prince and Princess of Wales will no doubt be affected by Charles's solar farm.

William and Kate© Getty Images
Prince William and Princess Kate own a property on the Sandringham estate

The 18th-century home underwent £1.5million worth of refurbishments, including the addition of a conservatory, a rerouted driveway, and completely overhauled interiors with the help of designer Ben Pentreath.

The property is now William and Kate's second home, with Adelaide Cottage in Windsor serving as their main residence.

King Charles attends a hedge-laying event at Highgrove Estate© Getty Images
King Charles has long championed environmental issues

This isn't the first time King Charles has introduced eco-friendly changes at his royal residences. In 2022, the 75-year-old added solar panels to the roof of Sandringham House, while in 2011, Charles had 5.6kW solar power system installed on his London residence, Clarence House.

Meanwhile, in 2023, the monarch backed pioneering methods of river restoration on the Balmoral Estate. In a bid to boost recovery of Scotland's rivers and reverse declines of freshwater species, Charles backed a campaign launched by the Riverwoods initiative and led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Richard Gledson, factor at Balmoral Estate, said: "Historically, we were so tidy minded. If a tree fell into the river, you'd be told to take it out. But times have changed, and King Charles was quickly convinced of the plan's potential benefits.

Then-Prince Charles In Kilt And Sporran And Shepherd's Crook Walking Stick With Prince William & Prince Harry At Polvier, By The River Dee, Balmoral Castle Estate in August 1997© Getty Images
Charles, William and Harry by The River Dee on the Balmoral Castle Estate in August 1997

"His Majesty is keen for us to do as much as we can to improve the environment, and if that encourages others to follow our example, then we’d be delighted."

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