The Duke & Duchess of York

The Duke & Duchess of York were the last royal owners of Oatlands and the estate that had been the property of he crown from the time of Henry VIII's Oatlands Palace.

Following their marriage, or more accurately marriages, as there were two - one on the 29 September 1791 at Charlottenburg Palace and a second at Buckingham Palace on 23 November - the duchess made Oatlands her home, but the duke much less so. He preferred the high life of London and, it is believed, the company of various mistresses and eventually best regarded Oatlands as a place for the weekends and parties where the whist went on beyond the small hours at £5 per point.