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Queen bought mansion for Beatrice and Eugenie but it was sold two years later

The Queen bought a lavish Surrey mansion for her granddaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie but they never moved in as Fergie couldn’t afford the upkeep costs.

Birch Hall, which boasts a tennis court, a swimming pool and a separate two-bedroom house on the stunning estate which gifted to the Queen’s granddaughters when they were just seven and nine-years-old.

However their mum Sarah Ferguson reportedly refused to move in, claiming she couldn’t afford the huge upkeep costs and it was sold for £1.5million two years later.


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Our sister title The Mirror reports how the Queen splashed out on the seven-bedroom mansion in 1997.

However it was sold for £1.5million just two years later with the money reportedly being put into a trust for the sisters to access when they got older. According to estate agents, it was being sold due to a “change of circumstance.”

The house was sold again in 2016 – for a whopping £4.2 million.

Speaking at the time of the second sale, estate agent Andrew Russell from Strutt & Parker told the Mail: “It is probably one of the very best of north Surrey’s village houses, there’s not many that come on the market.

“The house itself is a very attractive and imposing-looking property. Some of the rooms are really quite dramatic, with high ceilings and full floor to ceiling sash windows.

“Every summer the owners have opened up the gardens for a charity event with picnics and a live band, so the house is quite prominent in the village.

“The owners bought it from the trustees acting for the Queen in 1999. The trustees bought it in 1997 for the princesses and I imagine it was chosen because it’s a pretty house in a popular village and the gardens are a real draw, it’s more like parkland. But they never moved in.”

With Princess Beatrice’s 33rd birthday approaching on Sunday, the Queen’s grandchild could be expecting another lavish gift from her beloved grandmother.



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