Queen Elizabeth II has given Prince Harry and Meghan Markel an extravagant wedding gift in honor of their recent wedding.
Instead of china or crystal, the newly-titled Duke and Duchess of Sussex were given a country home by the queen. The couple received York Cottage, a royal property located on the 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The home is approximately 110 miles northeast of Kensington Palace, Page Six reported.
According to the estate’s website, the land has been owned by the royal family through four British monarchs dating back to 1862. Queen Elizabeth inherited it from her father, King George VI, in 1952.
The cottage, which currently houses the Sandringham Estate offices, was formerly known as Bachelor’s Cottage, and was once the residence of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, the Duke and Duchess of York. The royal couple resided there until 1925 when Queen Alexandra, mother of George V, died at Sandringham.
York Cottage has been described as “three Merrie England pubs joined together, oozing charm and character.”
William and Kate also received a home at Sandringham Estate as a wedding gift from the queen. While their oldest son, George, attended nursery school in the area, the royal couple lived at Anmer Hall for a short time.
The gift of York Cottage adds to Megan and Harry’s real estate portfolio, with the couple reportedly owning three properties, including Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and a newly purchased home in The Cotswolds.
Royal Circular reported on the news that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been gifted York Cottage over a month ago, today the news is all but confirmed. https://t.co/pzBFb34iZB
— Royal Circular (@Royal_Circular) June 5, 2018
Inside of York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in 1897 when it was home to George V and Queen Mary, then Duke and Duchess of York.
Metro is reporting The Queen will give the cottage to Harry and Meghan. pic.twitter.com/7ZheqcDl4x
— Fabulous Four Updates (@Fabulous4Update) June 2, 2018
Megan Harry’s wedding gift from Queen was York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate.
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Not everybody's favourite. It now appears that the Queen has actually gifted York Cottage, on the Sandringham estate #Norfolk to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after all. I hope they like it? #statelyhome #countryhouse pic.twitter.com/8fMhECcG6h
— House and Heritage (@HousendHeritage) June 4, 2018