Château d'Autet

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Château d'Autet is a château located in the Luberon hills of the commune of Viens in the Vaucluse department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. The château lies approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the northeast of the village of Gignac, and roughly 85 kilometres (53 mi) north of Marseille. Built in the 19th century as a hunting lodge, the dilapidated house and surrounding neglected estate was bought in 1998 by David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, who is reported to have paid £500,000.[1] In addition to repairing the house, Linley planted fields of lavender on the estate nearby.

In early September 2012, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the château. Long lens photographers took topless photos of the Duchess from the D33 public road a kilometre away.[2] which were controversially published in French magazine version of Closer the following week.[3]


  1. ^ My passion for Provence, The Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2003
  2. ^ English, Rebecca; Stevens, John; Robinson, Martin; Bond, Anthony (2012-09-13). "Scene of the crime: Royals confirm legal action against French mag as we reveal spot where long-lens photo of topless Kate was taken". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ "'Furious' Kate and William may sue French magazine over publication of topless photographs taken on private estate". Daily Mail. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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Coordinates: 43°55′52″N 5°33′2″E / 43.93111°N 5.55056°E / 43.93111; 5.55056