With Wills and Kate out of the country Down Under, two new royals are stepping into the breach – and moving to England.
American hip-hop and R’n’B royalty Jay-Z and Beyonce have just bought themselves a sprawling £5.5million London townhouse.
After looking both in Mayfair and out in the sticks – the Cotswolds – the power couple have chosen a detached property in West London.
They are understood to have exchanged on the pad around four weeks ago.
The superstars will be spending more time in the UK this year. A week ago they announced a joint US stadium tour – possibly called the Mr and Mrs Carter Show? – expected to come over here in the autumn.
A source said: “Both Jay and Beyonce are Anglophiles and have been toying with the idea of getting a pad for a couple of years now.
“On previous trips, they have stayed in five star hotels and, on one occasion, a rented mansion. While money isn’t an issue, it makes sense for them to have a more permanent base and get to know one particular area.
“They are coming to England this year and touring before the year is out.”
As well as a host of trendy restaurants and Portobello market, their new home is near a number of top primary schools – should the couple want to make the move more permanent and pack off daughter, Blue Ivy, two.
And billionaires Queen B, 32, and Jay, 44, will quickly recoup the cost of their plush new crib as they’re set to gross over £2million per show for their 20-date US tour.
That’s right – per show.
The superstar couple, who recently shared top spot on Billboard’s Power 100 list, will also be able to see more of their London-based friends Chris Martin – alas, now separated from Gwyneth Paltrow – and Rita Ora, who is signed to Jay’s record label.
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