Royal residences: UK royals have some impressive homes up and down the country, but do they pay rent?
From the Queen’s 775-room Buckingham Palace through to Prince Edward’s 120-room estate Bagshot Park, being a UK royal quite often means having a sprawling home. What many people wonder is, do the royals have to pay rent on their lavish houses?
Working royals are usually given premises to live in by the Queen which will not require any payment from the occupier. For example, Prince William and Kate Middleton stay in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace but it is reported that their positions as senior royals allow them to have this rent-free.
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In addition, the Queen is known for her generosity and quite often gifts homes as wedding presents. When a house is handed over from Her Majesty, it is believed it would come rent and mortgage-free. As Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex were gifted the keys to Bagshot Park upon their 1999 nuptials, it is unlikely that they need to pay any keep.
Bagshot Park was gifted to Prince Edward