With Prince William and Kate Middleton officially ready to tie the knot, speculation is mounting over where the royal couple might put down some roots after the nuptials next year.
Back in late 2006, the gossip fired up that Prince Charles was building the couple an “eco palace” on the grounds of the Duchy of Cornwall’s Harewood Park Estate. The 8,500 sq ft. two-story building, constructed to strict green building standards, would serve as a country residence for the 28-year-old prince and his bride.
While not off-grid, the home would have hot water heated via solar panels, as well as energy efficient lighting and a ” wood chip boiler using wood from the estate” to heat in winter. From The Telegraph,
The roof, made of salvaged Welsh slate, will be insulated using wool, whilst volcanic ash components in the 610mm-thick external walls, some of which will be built from recycled bricks and stone taken from the estate’s quarry, will keep the heat in.
A spokesman for the Prince said at the time, however, that the home was intended for the rental market — so it’s anyone’s guess if that might still be the case. We do know that Charles recently completed sustainable renovations on three groups of buildings at Home Farm, Grange Farm and Harewood Park itself. (Check out pictures here) Perhaps with wedding bells on the horizon, the “eco palace” will get the go-ahead as well.