The royal couple plan to replace an older court with an upgraded version at their country home, Anmer Hall

By Phil Boucher
August 21, 2015 03:10 PM
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Princess Kate and Prince William are one step closer to building their dream tennis court.

The sporty royal couple, who chose the royal box at Wimbledon for their first public date after the birth of Princess Charlotte, have just been given the go-ahead to upgrade the tennis court at their country home, Anmer Hall.

Documents filed this week reveal that the local council granted approval to the work, which is estimated to cost around $100,000. According to the planning application, the new court will be made of AstroTurf and bordered by copper beach hedge, with new oak trees proposed to be planted nearby.

The new court will replace an older one that needs to be completely resurfaced. It will be situated in a slightly different position to provide more space around the court and improve the views from the main house, the planning application says.

William and Kate, who have played tennis opposite each other since early in their courtship at the University of St. Andrews, now have three years to build the court before the planning consent expires.

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Meanwhile, British newspaper The Express reported that the court is near to a laburnum tree, which is known to be toxic to children if they consume enough of the tree’s poisonous seeds, bark and leaves.

The paper reports that the 23-foot tree is among 10 trees that William and Kate hope to remove to make way for the new tennis court.

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