Kate and Will’s new neighbourhood is ‘coolest place in the world’, locals claim

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new prospective neighbourhood is the coolest place in the world and a great area for a family with young children, according to locals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis currently reside at Kensington Palace in London.

Recent reports however have suggested that the family could be upping sticks and relocating to Windsor.

The Berkshire town is the Queen's new permanent home and the location of William's old school, Eton.

But what would day-to-day life be like for the Cambridge family if they say goodbye to Kensington Palace's Apartment 1A and set up home in Windsor?

Ellie, who works at Fortescue’s Gelato on Church Street, just a stone’s throw from the Castle, told the Daily Mirror: “Everyone on this street is really friendly, it’s a bit like a family. We all speak a lot and everyone gets discounts.”

She reckons if the Cambridges moved to Windsor it would bring significantly more tourism to the area.

She explained: “People came last year because Prince Philip [died] and now it’s more that they come for the guard changes and to visit the castle, but they’d definitely bring more people in.”

Just a few doors down from Fortescue’s is a souvenir shop called House of Gifts, run by Muthucumarasamy Kesavan.

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He said: “I’ve been here since 2001 but this is one of the oldest businesses [in Windsor]. It’s been here since the 1950s.”

Despite being on the Castle’s doorstep, he’s not sure if William and Kate will make a difference to his business.

He explained: “People like William. But I’m not sure it’ll do much from a business side.”

Although he doesn’t live in Windsor, he knows it like the back of his hand after working there for more than two decades.

“It’s not a cheap area to live in and not everybody could afford it,” he said.

For parents with young kids, he reckons it’s a great place to raise a family: “We’ve got so many parks around us and Legoland isn’t far from here.

“But when it comes to The Royals, they have their own set up, so I don’t think they’re going to go to Legoland.”

With a view of the fortress on Windsor High Street is The Castle Hotel, where general manager Sam Goss has worked for several years.

He reckons having Kate and William around the corner can “only enhance” tourism in the area.

As for what life is like for kids in Windsor, dad-of-two Sam said it’s a “great area.”

“I class myself as a big child,” he joked, adding Legoland is the top place to visit.

“You’ve got the River Thames here where you can see the boats and try canoeing or paddleboarding.”

The little ones can also feed the ducks and swans with special food and there’s also plenty of wildlife in local parks.

Pub manager Aleksandra Stelmasiak, who runs The Duchess of Cambridge, is thrilled at the prospect of William and Kate moving to Windsor.

“It would be lovely,” she said.

Ola, originally from Poland, moved to the UK in 2006 and lived here and there before settling in Windsor.

“It is a good place to raise kids. There’s loads of cool stuff you can do with your child and everybody knows each other – either from here, or from the school or from the town.”

She added that there are plenty of playgroups for parents and children in Windsor – although she’s not necessarily expecting George, Charlotte and Louis to join them.

Ola says: “We’ve got the soft play, and there’s the trampoline centre in Slough which isn’t far.”

She exclaimed that she’d be starstruck if the Cambridges were her neighbours and reckons they’d receive a very warm welcome to the town.

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