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Princess Anne: Inside her ‘noisy’ Westminster flat she did not like – it cost £1k a month


Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence have two properties: Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, and their London home St James’s Palace. However, after they got married in 1992 the couple lived in a flat in central London. The Princess did not appear to enjoy the flat and reportedly described it as having “nosy neighbours” and “noisy traffic”.

In 1993, Princess Anne and Timothy began occupying a two-bedroom flat in Drake House on Dolphin Square in Westminster, London.

They stayed at the spacious home for just a few months, where they are said to have paid £1,300 rent per month, before moving to Buckingham Palace.

The photos show a rather retro interior and neutral colours.

Princess Anne’s bedroom featured high ceilings with cream carpets and walls.

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Anne and Timothy had a wooden bed frame, dressed in white linen.

There also appeared to be two black bedside tables, with a single pink lamp on one side.

The second bedroom in the home featured a small wooden desk at the window, a matching towel rack, and two chests of drawers.

The living room was decorated with the same cream carpets and walls as seen throughout the property.


Large windows with black frames looked as though they provide plenty of light.

The furniture included a velvet green sofa with pink cushions, a wooden coffee table with a glass top, and a wooden rocking chair with patterned cushions.

Anne’s kitchen looked fitted with white cupboards and appliances, grey worktops, and cream and black patterned tiles on the floor.

A window at the sink overlooked the gardens of the block of flats.

The kitchen, dining, and living room formed an open-plan space, with an island unit between the kitchen and dining area.

A table for two was positioned in the middle, with a patterned tablecloth.

From this table, you could view the living space and a traditional fireplace beneath a painting on the wall.

The apartment overlooked the road, as well as a tennis court on the opposite side.

Princess Anne now lives mainly in Gatcombe Park, which the Queen bought in 1976.

The Princess Royal has stayed at the property since 1976 when the Queen purchased it for her Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips.

This is very near where Zara and Mike Tindall live, so Princess Anne has the opportunity to see her grandchildren often.

Anne’s son Peter and his estranged wife Autumn reside in separate properties on the estate as they co-parent their children Savannah and Isla.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne’s brother Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall spend much of their time at Highgrove, just a few miles away in Tetbury.

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