The royals plan renovations to the court at their country home, Anmer Hall

By Simon Perry
Updated July 02, 2015 03:05 PM
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Prince William and Princess Kate are looking to get a home court advantage.

The pair, who played opposite each other early in their courtship as classmates at the University of St Andrews, plan to upgrade the court at their country home, Anmer Hall. (And they’ll be at Wimbledon next week!)

According to an application filed by officials at Sandringham Estate, where their home is located, the new court will be made of AstroTurf and bordered by copper beach hedge, with new oak trees proposed to be planted nearby.

The existing court, which was to the left of the house as the couple looks out over the estate’s vast parkland, needs to be completely resurfaced. So, they have been advised by a landscape designer that it is best to move it to an area that will provide more space around the court, and in doing so improve the views from the main house, a planning application says.

It will be sited in an area of “undeveloped garden,” the application states.

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The local Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, where the application is lodged, had no comment when contacted by PEOPLE.

It is understood that the application will be discussed by the council once representations have been heard from any interested local parties and a decision made in the coming months.

The couple has already carried out extensive work at the 10-bedroom mansion, including re-making a driveway, planting more trees for added security, renewing the roof and tiles, fixing new windows, converting a “garden store” into living quarters and creating a pergola in front of their kitchen. That will enable the couple to trail vines and other plants to provide some natural shade to the glass-fronted kitchen room.

Another new addition: They have recently employed a housekeeper to help run the fine country mansion.

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