Royal family: Prince Charles and Camilla’s huge London home where the Queen’s mother lived for 50 years

Being part of the royal family certainly has its perks and an impressive property portfolio is one of them.

Clarence House is the primary residence of Prince Charles and Camilla and has been in the family for two centuries, housing senior members of the royal family.

The couple use the house both as a private residence and as offices for their royal household.

The glorious house is steeped in history with the Queen giving birth to Princess Anne at the property in 1950, the Queen Mother using the library for intimate dinner parties when she lived in the house from 1953 to 2002, and the Princess Margaret living in two bedrooms which now fit out the Garden Room before getting married.

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The Coldstream Guards Band playing in the gardens of Clarence House

Before Charles and Camilla moved into the property, they ensured that some renovations were carried out to modernize it further to their liking.

Speaking to Town and Country magazine, Kathryn Jones, senior curator of decorative arts for Royal Collection Trust, said: “The major change has been in the dining room, which features an unusual and striking bronze ceiling molding.



Undated handout photo issued by Clarence House of the Morning Room at the royal residence, as royals fans get a chance to view Queen Elizabeth's artwork and furnishings, the Queen Mother now her former home Clarence House is open to the public.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date: Tuesday August 2, 2016 Although this is the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the appearance of the rooms open to the public remains much the same as during of his day.  See PA story ROYAL Clarence.  Photo credit should read: @ClarenceHouse/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.  Reuse of the image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.
The refined decoration of the morning room of Clarence House

“The other thing that always strikes you when you’re inside the house is how present the garden is – many rooms look out onto the garden and it almost feels like it’s acts as an extra room in the house.”

The property is open to the public where visitors can get guided tours of five rooms on the ground floor.

However, we have had glimpses of other more private areas of the property over the years.



File photo dated 25/02/11 of Clarence House in London, as royal fans get the chance to see Queen Elizabeth's artwork and furnishings as the Queen Mother now her former home Clarence House is open to the public.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date: Tuesday August 2, 2016 Although this is the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the appearance of the rooms open to the public remains much the same as during of his day.  See PA story ROYAL Clarence.  Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Clarence House in London, right next to the Mall, is the primary residence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

When the couple hosted the Chinese President and First Lady in 2015, they hosted them in the Garden Room.

Photographs show the opulent space with gold and red patterned sofas as well as white walls adorned with a number of paintings and prints.

A large pink coffee table takes up most of the space with small wooden tables scattered around the room.

The Morning Room has also been photographed in the past and shows a traditional fireplace with a number of china plates and decorations placed along the fireplace.

After 50 years of residence at the property, there are signs of the Queen’s mother and Charles’ grandmother throughout the property, including her collection of Royal Anchor Chelsea porcelain, paintings and portraits and a bust of her placed on a French desk.



Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (right) meets Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi at Clarence House in central London on October 22, 2020

Above the door to the Morning Room is also a portrait of the Queen’s mother.

Kathryn Jones said: “Today he still honors the taste of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – in the Morning Room in particular, I think – where you can see his Chelsea china and his collections of paintings.”

A photograph shared at Christmas showed a huge Christmas tree taking up most of the space down the stairs in the hallway.

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