ROYAL FAMILY HOUSES: Prince Charles and his first wife Princess Diana, with William and Harry, outside Highgrove House in Gloucestershire in the 1980s…
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, bought Highgrove House in the village of Doughton near Tetbury in Gloucestershire in 1980 as his country house. It had had several owners, the last before Prince Charles was Maurice Macmillan MP, son of former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Harold Macmillan.
Built around 1796 -1798 by John Paul Paul, the architect is said to be Anthony Keck.
In happier times: Prince Charles and Lady Diana
Spencer – official engagement photo 1981
The newlyweds, Prince Charles and his wife, the former Lady Diana Spencer who became the Princess of Wales, moved into the home in 1981, after it was redecorated by Dudley Poplak, the interior decorator who also worked on their Kensington Palace apartment.
Learn more about Kensington Palace apartment, where both their sons now live:
With the royal couple – and later their two young sons – spending the weekdays at Kensington Palace and their weekends at Highgrove, it’s said that Princess Diana came to hate the peace and quiet of Highgrove as she had nothing to do.
Prince Charles, however, a passionate gardener, has devoted much of his time working with distinguished gardeners and landscapers, planning and cultivating the extensive gardens.
These include a wild garden, a formal garden and a walled kitchen garden, and the planting of a large amount of trees.
Charles and Camilla: HRH The Prince of Wales and the
Duchess of Cornwall in their Gloucestershire garden
Today, Prince Charles continues to live at Highgrove with his second wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
GARDEN TOURS: Keen gardeners can now enjoy guided tours of Highgrove Garden – details here.
Highgrove House is located off Bath Road, A433, in Doughton, south of Tetbury – see it on the map here.
It’s approximately 3 hours’ drive from central London.
Scroll through the full collection of photos here:
- Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales with Charles Clover
- Highgrove: An Experiment in Organic Gardening and Farming by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales with Charles Clover
- The Garden at Highgrove by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales with Candida Lycett Green
- Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales with Bunny Guinness
- Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales with Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly
- Architecture of England, Scotland, and Wales: Reference Guides to National Architecture by Nigel R. Jones
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