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Clarence House, London
Clarence House shares a garden with St. James's Palace, 1874.
A public view of the Royal residence.

Clarence House is a royal residence in London, situated on The Mall, in the City of Westminster. It is attached to St. James's Palace and shares the palace's garden. For nearly 50 years, from 1953 to 2002, it was home to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It has since been the official residence of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Clarence House also served as the official residence for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge from 2003 until his 2011 marriage and for Prince Harry from 2003 until 2012.[1] It is open to visitors for approximately two months each summer, and is one of many royal buildings in London.

The house was built between 1825 and 1827 to a design by John Nash. It was commissioned by the Duke of Clarence, who became King William IV of the United Kingdom in 1830. He lived there in preference to the nearby St. James's Palace, which he found too cramped. It passed to his sister Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom and, following her death in 1840, to Queen Victoria's mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. In 1866, it became the home of Queen Victoria's second son and fourth child Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Edinburgh until his death in 1900. His younger brother Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Queen Victoria's third son, used the house from 1900 until his death in 1942, during which time the house suffered damage inflicted by enemy bombing. It was used by the Red Cross and the St. John Ambulance Brigade as their headquarters during the rest of World War II, before being given to Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Anne, Princess Royal was born there in 1950. After the death of King George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon moved there in 1953, though the latter eventually moved to an apartment in Kensington Palace.

The house has four storeys, not including attics or basements, and is faced in pale stucco. It has undergone extensive remodelling and reconstruction over the years, most notably after the Second World War, such that relatively little remains of Nash's original structure. The Prince of Wales moved here in 2003 after the house underwent massive refurbishment following the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The house has been completely rewired, most of the major rooms were redecorated by the interior designer Robert Kime, and the building was given an external face-lift.

Since 2003, the term "Clarence House" has often been used as a metonym for the Prince of Wales's private office, the term "St. James's Palace" had been previously used.

With a reception at Clarence House Prince Charles welcomed representatives of all 14 nations for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup as well as tournament organisers.[2]

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Coordinates: 51°30′14″N 0°08′19″W / 51.5040°N 0.1385°W / 51.5040; -0.1385


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The Epoch Times
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:11:21 -0700

With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July _ and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch _ officials at Clarence House have released some of the couple's plans, although many details ...

Hartlepool Mail

Hartlepool Mail
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:22:30 -0700

... pick a shortlist and then a winner and three highly commended entries from each categories. Completed entries should be sent to the following address: War Poetry Competition, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.

Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Earlier this month the Evening Times revealed that council funding was also removed from Clarence House nursery in Maryhill, plunging working parents into chaos. The group launched a petition and is planning to join other parents in the campaign, Fair ...
 
Anglotopia.net
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:01:29 -0700

That Christmas I was given 'The London Encyclopaedia' as a gift by HM the Queen Mother at Clarence House and my love affair with London history and the history of the Royal Family began. In 1995 following my early retirement from the Department I ...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0700

Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) July 21, 2014. The prince's parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also issued a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity on George's first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have ...
 
Herald Scotland
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:03:45 -0700

... pronounced among celebrities, the survey found, with athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, Simon Cowell and actress Emily Blunt among those to broadcast their baby bulletins via the internet. Prince George's birth also went digital when Clarence House ...
 
Glasgow Evening Times
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Dozens of parents whose children attend Clarence House nursery in Maryhill feel they are being punished after a council executive said "not that many places are available" in council-run nurseries for children of working parents. Campaigners from the ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:50:14 -0700

Although Buckingham Palace and Clarence House both use social media to promote the work of the Royal Family, Harry, who is fourth in line to the throne, has often spoken of his anger at the way details or pictures of his whereabouts outside of official ...
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