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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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Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:09:08 -0700

Shirley Hexley, the owner of Clarence House Nursery, Maryhill, said: "The council needs to address the problems working parents are facing when trying to access their child's free educational hours. "This is an entitlement all three and four-year-olds ...

Hartlepool Mail

Hartlepool Mail
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:56:15 -0700

Do you have any memories of Edward Wallace you would like to share with readers? Contact Andrew Levett by emailing andrew.levett@jpress.co.uk or write to him at Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.

Hartlepool Mail

Hartlepool Mail
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:03:45 -0700

SOME things quickly come and go, becoming little more than footnotes in the history of the town. Others, like Hartlepool RNLI, endure through all the changes around them. ANDREW LEVETT looks back at one of the key figures in the lifeboat's history.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:41:15 -0700

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The Post - Ontario

The Post - Ontario
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:52:30 -0700

... to try her cakes, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports. The paper says Dunsworth searched for the address of Clarence House, the official residence of The Prince of Wales, and sent the couple a gingerbread heart and gluten-free chocolate hazelnut cake.

The Independent

The Independent
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:56:16 -0700

... after being taken on a camera phone. Clarence House said publication of the photos by a British newspaper would constitute a breach of privacy – but The Sun eventually printed them, citing their wide availability online as a defence. World News in ...
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:11:15 -0700

The Abbott home offers picturesque views of the wooded Westlake Hills, Lake Austin and the Pennybacker Bridge. (Tamir Kalifa for the Chronicle). Natural light enhances the bright and spacious living room while exposed wooden beams, taxidermy animals.

News Wales

News Wales
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:30:00 -0700

He said: "I was amazed when I read the tweet from Clarence House - this is really flying the flag for local businesses. "It is excellent praise both for the centre and for the many local suppliers whose produce is sold in the farm shop. "The Prince ...

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