Prince Andrew And His Wife Move Into Country Estate
BRIDPORT, England (AP) _ The Duke and Duchess of York have moved into their new manor in the Dorset countryside, 15 miles from the naval base where he is stationed as a helicopter pilot.
The duke, Queen Elizabeth II’s son Prince Andrew, arrived at the manor in time for lunch Friday. His wife, Sarah, drove down from London in her red Jaguar XJS on Thursday night.
Later, crates of liquor arrived, fueling speculation that the couple were planning a house-warming party.
Villagers welcomed their royal neighbors by sending a bouquet of flowers.
A Union Jack flew above Chideock Manor, a rambling yellow-stone five- bedroom house built in 1810 and set in the lush green countryside immortalized by the novelist Thomas Hardy. The manor is near Bridport, about 100 miles southwest of London.
In London, the duke and duchess will still have Andrew’s apartment in Buckingham Palace, where they had been living since their wedding in July.
The duke and duchess are renting the house from Charles Weld for the equivalent of $315 a week. The 1,000-acre comes with a swimming pool, woods for pheasant shooting and a lake for trout fishing.