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A look at Duchess Sophie's £1million Grade II family home – where she moved out aged 34

NewsA look at Duchess Sophie's £1million Grade II family home - where she moved out aged 34

Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, the youngest brother of the King, is married to Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, 58.

James, Earl of Wessex, 15, and Lady Louise Windsor, 19, are the couple’s only children.

The King’s Windsor residence, Windsor Castle, is just 11 miles from the Edinburgh family’s Surrey home, Bagshot Park.

Sophie and her parents, Christopher Rhys Jones, 92, and Mary Rhys-Jones, who died in 2005, lived in a far more modest home before their daughter married into the Royal Family in 1999.

Homestead Farmhouse in Brenchley, Kent, served as the Duchess of Edinburgh’s childhood home.

When she was 34 years old, she eventually moved out of the home she shared with her brother David and their parents.

Homestead Farmhouse is classed as a Grade II house, despite being considerably smaller than Bagshot Park.

Christopher and Mary were photographed outside the Grade II property on January 6, 1999 – the day that Sophie and Edward announced their engagement.

The traditional home has three chimneys, white exterior walls along with red brick, and multiple panelled windows.

Christopher and Mary sold the 17th-century home in 2001 for a reported £600,000; its current estimated value is £1million.

Local real estate values were said to have skyrocketed as a result of Sophie and Edward’s marriage in 1999.

When the Edinburghs’ got married, home values in Brenchley, which is close to Royal Tunbridge Wells, increased by an average of 171 percent.

Any royal attention for a geographical location, according to Robert Jacobs from Savills estate agents, is likely to influence property values.

After getting married in 1999, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh moved into Bagshot Park, a majestic Grade II-listed structure.

The building contains 120 rooms and is situated on 51 acres of land.

In contrast, William and Kate’s residence at Adelaide Cottage nearby contains only four bedrooms.

The family moved there in 2022 after living in the grand Kensington Palace in London for many years.

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