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Old 04-25-2018, 05:16 PM
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Before the marriage in 1981 the Prince of Wales was offered at least two houses as residences in the Country -

Chevening House, Kent .

This magnificent House and estate , conveniently placed for both London and Sandringham was rejected by the Prince of Wales, reportedly because his late Wife [and then fiance] didn't care for it...
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According to the article below Charles was having second thoughts about Chevening as early as July 1978 (and probably before) and finally rejected it in 1980, before he began his relationship with Diana.

Chevening House, Kent
Thank you, Curryong, for the article. That is what I had always understood, that Diana was never part of rejecting Chevening nor choosing Highgrove, though she was part of decorating Highgrove, since by the time Charles was doing so she had become his fiancé in January 1981.
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:35 PM
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Right..Highgrove was already purchased and Charles took Diana to see it even before they got engaged and ask for her input on decoration.


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Old 04-25-2018, 06:16 PM
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That's what I remember too. It was Charles asking her for input on decorating that led Diana to believe that things may be getting serious.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:24 PM
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Yes, according to a biography of Charles published in 1979 - HRH: The Man Who Will Be King by Tim Heald & Mayo Mous - Buckingham Palace had already announced Charles had no plans to move into Chevening. He didn't become involved with Diana until 1980, a year after the book was published.
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Old 05-06-2018, 10:58 AM
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I knew that there are tours of the Highgrove garden, I didn't realize that they also serve food (and champaign!). I probably won't get to the UK this summer, but I hope I have a chance to tour Highgrove at some point. https://www.forbes.com/sites/catheri.../#7751776e5648
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:48 PM
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Highgrove is a model for making money off of anything it can. I know that sounds cynical - but it is not how I mean it.

Here in the US we have a thing called Agri-tourism. It relates to farmers who also use their property to generate tourist income. So a common example is any winery who opens a tasting room and makes money off of of that enterprise. Or a pick-your-own pumpkin patch that also charges for hay rides, crafts, animal petting zoos, corn maze expeditions, etc.

I've always admired Charles and his staff for the many ways they have found to wring cash out of the property. It is a sensible approach to sustainability.
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Old 05-06-2018, 06:04 PM
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A lot of estates, including the ones lived in, do things like open their gardens to the public. Host events and so on. It costs a fortune to keep those estates running and in good repair. It makes sense that Charles actually turn his estate into a business to generate revenue, and not just use the Duchy to pay the bills on it.

Farms don't make huge profits. Unless you have a massive farm and you are more of an industry then a farm. The season when they make money can also be small. That is why many farms in North America have come up with ways of making money as well like hay rides and such.

Charles knows Highgrove, and the rest of Cornwall, will pay for his heir and so on for generations to come. He is simply building up that wealth.

It also helps charity. The money from his 'highgarden shops', the products they sell, goes to his charitable trust.
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I wonder how William will do (financially) when he takes over everything
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:59 AM
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I wonder how William will do (financially) when he takes over everything
I suspect quite well. The Duchy has access to some very good specialist advisers who will be able to help him make sure the Managers of the Duchy are doing their best.
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:22 AM
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A video for the Royal Gardens at Highgrove taken at the beginning of autumn last year

https://www.facebook.com/HighgroveGa...297105682/?t=7
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Breathtakingly beautiful my favourite season of the year

I wonder how the gardens at Highgrove has managed during the long summer drought?
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Thank eya. It’s like being invited into a storybook from ago, absolutely beautiful.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:35 PM
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Breathtakingly beautiful my favourite season of the year

I wonder how the gardens at Highgrove has managed during the long summer drought?
One thing I've read about Highgrove is that water isn't wasted. Even bathwater is recycled for watering so that must help with the drought. Charles is very much one to have Highgrove be sustainable and he's probably figured out more than most how to handle the droughts that come.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:38 PM
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Wouldn't this be a lovely treat

Free tour of Highgrove House for local residents on September 20th.

Free tour of Highgrove House for local residents | Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
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