The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been married for over 20 years and have lived in Surrey all this time. Their residence is Bagshot Park, and it has one curious feature. Edward and Sophie live closer to the Queen than any other Windsor and see her more often. The same goes for the Wessex children - Louise and James - who are considered the royal couple's favorite grandchildren.
In an interview with Sky News, the Countess once said: "We are very lucky because we live so close to the Queen, so when she spends weekends in Windsor, our children take advantage of this happy opportunity and regularly come to her for tea." … The youngest of the grandchildren of Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit them regularly both in Balmoral and other royal residences, but in Windsor this opportunity falls most often. Lady Louise was often seen on horseback riding with her mother and grandmother - all three representatives of the royal dynasty adore horses.
During the pandemic, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh refrain from contact with the outside world, but recently the couple were vaccinated, and now they are awaiting the results of the procedure. During a brief stay at Scottish Balmoral Castle this summer, the Wessexes made a short visit to the royal couple to chat with the monarch from a distance. Not all Windsors were awarded such an opportunity (see also: Blacklist: whom the Queen did not invite to the Balmoral vacation (and why)). Some experts speculate that the Earl and Countess and their children could well have stopped by nearby Windsor to meet Elizabeth and Philip in the open air with a social distance.
The village of Bagshot is located about 17 km south of Windsor. It was she who gave the name to Bagshot Park, in which the Count and Countess settled immediately after the wedding. Edward and Sophie's wedding took place in Windsor, where all the royal family gathered. The so-called Great Windsor Park stands out, which is adjacent to the private home park where Windsor Castle is located. Bagshot Park can be considered part of the Greater Park.
By the way, among the houses of other residences of representatives of the royal dynasty, the Wessex dwelling also stands out for its size. Bagshot Park is one of the largest royal residences. The main building was demolished and rebuilt in 1879 and since then has offered to its owners as many as 120 rooms, most of which are decorated with wooden paneling on the walls, stucco, decorative chandeliers and exquisite furniture. The estate has its own lake and several stables.
It was once assumed that Bagshot Park could become the residence of Elizabeth when she was the crown princess, but in the end, her youngest son and beloved daughter-in-law became its owners.
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