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Clarence House

  • Autumn leaves in the garden at Clarence House
  • Clarence House
  • The front entrance of Clarence House
  • The garden at Clarence House in the Spring

Clarence House is the official residence of The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

At Clarence House, The Prince and The Duchess receive official guests from this country and overseas on behalf of the nation, and bring together people from all walks of life through official seminars, lunches, receptions and dinners. Several thousand official guests are received at the House annually.

Clarence House is a working residence and provides office accommodation for Their Royal Highnesses’ official staff to support them in undertaking their public and charitable duties.

Clarence House was once the London home of Her Majesty The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947 and of The Prince of Wales between the ages of one and three.

It was also the home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002. The Prince of Wales returned to Clarence House on 4th August 2003, the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s birth.

Clarence House is an important part of the nation’s built heritage and, between 2002 to 2003, the House underwent essential renovation and redecoration.

The Royal Household Property Services carried out the refurbishment and worked with organisations including the Forest Stewardship Council to specify and buy sustainable materials and timber from responsibly managed forests. The internal decoration was carried out under the direction of the interior designer, Robert Kime.

Clarence House is usually open to the public between August and October each year, but in 2012 it will not open and will resume public openings in 2013. Visitors are given a guided tour of the five rooms and adjoining spaces on the ground floor. All tickets are timed and must be pre-booked. For further information or to book tickets visit the Royal Collection website.

Members of the public are able to see items from the Royal Collection and from the collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Queen Mother’s collection is particularly strong in 20th Century British art, with important works by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, W. S. Sickert and Augustus John.

The decoration of the rooms retains the ambience created by The Queen Mother, and much of her collection of works of art and furniture are in their former positions.

The official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is Kensington Palace. The couple’s main home is their house on Anglesey, and their Household Office is based at St James’s Palace.

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