It has been confirmed the Royal Family has purchased the historic Doddington Hall, and a Royal insider informs the Doings that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh plan to live in the village throughout July every year.
The Queen took a tour of Doddington Hall and its nearly two acres of land at the weekend (pictured above).
Doddington Hall, built in 1872 on the land of the former thatched rectory, was on sale for an initial price of £1.2 million, according to the real estate advert. It is unknown how much the Royal Family paid.
It is understood the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not be residing in the building until next year, and a number of renovations are planned before then.
A Royal insider said: “Her Majesty loves the building and the village, and is planning to make it her July residence to make sure she is around for Doddington Carnival.
“Her Majesty has never dressed up and been on a float, but is already planning a costume for next year’s Carnival.”
The Queen arrived in Doddington to tour the estate on Sunday afternoon.
She inspected the house, the gardens and also walked down part of Church Lane, New Street and Ingles Lane outside the estate. The Royal insider said Her Majesty was particularly enthused with the golden Royal Mail postbox outside Doddington Post Office.
Planned renovations, which still need council approval, include a 15-foot high security fence around the estate and a number of kennels for Her Majesty’s 16 corgis.
A close-up of the Queen touring Doddington Hall on Sunday:
– Tim Lince