Balmoral Castle, the summer home of Queen Elizabeth II
War Elizabeth II He breathed his last on Thursday (8/9) at around 12.30 local time at one of Queen Elizabeth II’s residences, Balmoral Castle.
The 96-year-old woman has become the longest-serving queen who has reigned in Buckingham Palace for 7 or 70 years. What does Queen Elizabeth’s house look like?
It is customary for Queen Elizabeth II to spend part of the summer at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Her private property in Northern Scotland is a place where Queen Elizabeth can always take a break from public life to relax with the royal family and explore the countryside.
In fact, Balmoral Castle is one of six houses that the Queen has called ‘home’ during her seven-year reign. Each seat is steeped in royal history, architectural significance, and political weight.
Here are 6 prestigious houses that Queen Elizabeth called home during her lifetime, as revealed by various sources.
1. Buckingham Palace, London, England
Buckingham Palace was originally a palace built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. King George III acquired the house in 1761 as a private residence for his wife, Queen Charlotte.
In the 19th century, architects John Nash and Edward Blore expanded the structure by building three wings around the courtyard.
On July 9, 1982, British citizen Michael Fagan climbed the palace wall twice. On his second attempt, he reached Queen Elizabeth’s bedchamber, and awoke when he emerged from the curtain.
After the incident, security measures were tightened.
In 1837, the property was recognized as Buckingham Palace, the seat of the British monarchy in London. The building has 775 rooms, including 19 apartments, 52 royal rooms and bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
Visitors can visit several rooms in the palace at certain times of the year.
2. Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Windsor Castle is a royal house in the English province of Berkshire, with an architectural history of nearly 1,000 years.
During World War II, Queen Elizabeth first traveled there with her sister, Princess Margaret, for security reasons.
Like Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle was considered the home of Queen Elizabeth during her reign. He visits the castle most weekends, due to its proximity to his home in Buckingham Palace, London.
The property covers 13 acres and offers 1,000 rooms, making it the largest building in the world. The palace is also where her husband, Prince Philip, spent his final days until his death on April 9, 2021.
3. Balmoral Castle, Scotland
Balmoral Castle is believed to be Queen Elizabeth’s favorite house in the world. This is a private and non-government complex. This is where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spend most of their time in August and September or during the summer.
The Queen has spent almost every summer in this private residence since her childhood. That year, he arrived at the palace on July 24, where he spent the last days until he died. It is also considered the largest castle in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Visitors describe this castle as something mysterious and surreal, and it is known as the place where Queen Elizabeth fled to the countryside to do things on her own.
The royal palace is also where the royal family and their ancestors spend their summers every year for almost two centuries.
Next to the River Dee, the 11-bedroom mansion, which is where Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth in 1946, covers 50,000 acres.
With about 150 buildings in the palace, the royal family employs about 200 workers to guard the palace.
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Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle
4. Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland
This same house of Queen Elizabeth II was founded as a convent in 1128.
The palace is the residence of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Scotland when the queen stays in the first week of summer for an event known as “Holy Week” which is a royal celebration of Scottish culture.
5. Sandringham House, Norfolk, England
Like Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House is also the private property of Queen Elizabeth. This place is also a special place for him because his father, George V loved the place and finally died there on February 6, 1952.
Since then, Queen Elizabeth has stayed at the house to commemorate the anniversary of her father’s death and her accession to the throne. Also, he spends Christmas on the 20,000 hectare farm. This house is also where Queen Elizabeth’s pets are buried.
6. Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
Hillsborough Castle is the only royal residence in Northern Ireland and where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stayed while they were there. Covering 100 acres, this country house has many gardens that are open for tours.
There are restored rooms including the Throne Room where, in 1953, Queen Elizabeth received guests at a coronation ball. The house also includes the State Drawing Room, Lady Grey’s Study, the State Dining Room, the Red Room and the Staircase Hall.
Built in the 1770s, the castle is also the seat of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.