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William and Kate will shun palace for cottage living

Don’t expect to be able to RSVP, though: it’s 16 miles from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Prince William - or 'William Wales' in Air Force parlance - will remain in Anglesey for the coming years, seeing out a three-year term with the RAF.
Prince William - or 'William Wales' in Air Force parlance - will remain in Anglesey for the coming years, seeing out a three-year term with the RAF.
Image: Flight Sergeant Andy Carnall/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

PRINCE WILLIAM and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, are to turn down the prospect of living in a royal palace after their marriage – instead choosing to live in a £750-a-month cottage William rents to be close to his job.

The two have already, the Hindustan Times reports, lived as a married couple in the cottage near RAF Valley on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where William lives for a short commute to his work as a search-and-rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.

Royal sources say the couple have no plans to move – perhaps unsurprising, given the cottage has access to a private beach and is near quiet country lanes where the Prince has occasionally been seen flouting speed limits on a red and white 180mph Ducati superbike.

The prospective princess has already moved many of her belongings into the demure house, while she spends some time still living with her parents in Berkshire, 220 miles away.

Adjusting to life there might not be quite as easy as anticipated, however; as the BBC notes, the area is regularly known as Ynys Môn, or just Môn, with the majority of the locals being Welsh-speakers.

The language also gives rise to Anglesey’s best-known international feature – that of being home to the world’s longest placename, that of ‘St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio of the red cave’.

Or, in its native Welsh, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ (a place name for which, from Middleton’s point of view, Wikipedia helpfully offers a pronunciation guide). Perhaps the island’s newest resident will instead refer to it by the more common ‘Llanfair PG’.

When William’s three-year stint in the air force ends, however, the couple will move to the slightly more regal surrounding of a six-bedroom manor built by William’s father Prince Charles – a house, more literally, fit for a King.

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