The Queen, 94, has eight grandchildren she cares deeply about. Princess Beatrice, 31, and her younger sister Princess Eugenie, 30, are the children of the Queen’s second son Prince Andrew and are very close to their grandmother.
More than 20 years ago, in 1997, the Queen offered to buy the York sisters a £1.5million home in Surrey.
Named Birch Hall, the property is Grade II-listed and the Queen wanted two of her granddaughters to have it.
However, the grand gesture was turned down and the princesses never moved in.
The reason was reportedly that Sarah Ferguson, Eugenie and Beatrice’s mother, worries she wouldn’t be able to afford the home and running costs.
Instead, the sisters continued to reside at Sarah and Andrew’s home Sunninghill Park.
Worth £1.5m in 1997, the property was worth a whopping £4.2m in 2016.
Birch Hall has five acres of land, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms.
It also boasts a heated swimming pool and separate cottage for staff.
When the home went up for sale in 2016, Andrew Russell from estate agency Strutt and Parker told the Daily Mail: “It’s probably one of the very best of north Surrey’s village houses, there’s not that many that come on the market.
“It’s a proper country house with five acres of grounds.
“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.
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“It’s got a swimming pool, tennis court and beautiful specimen trees dating from Victorian times in the garden.”
But instead of staying at Birch Hall, Princess Beatrice lives at St James’s Palace.
However, during lockdown she’s been staying with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at his mother’s.
The couple got married last month in a surprise wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
The wedding was meant to take place at Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace on May 29, but due to the pandemic it was cancelled.
The Queen and Prince Philip were among the 20 family members and close friends in attendance.
Beatrice wore a Peau De Soie taffeta vintage dress in shades of ivory by Norman Hartnell – a dress she borrowed from the Queen.
The dress was “trimmed with duchess satin and encrusted with diamante” and modified by Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin to fit the bride for this occasion.