The Queen: Inside grand Balmoral Castle where the Royal Family spend the summer


Balmoral Castle has been one of the royal’s residences since Prince Albert bought it for Queen Victoria in the 19th century. Since then, it has been a popular holiday destination for royals and the Queen and Prince Phillip used to take their children. Each summer, The Queen spends time at Balmoral and is joined by other members of the British Royal Family including Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Princess Eugenie. Unlike royal properties including Buckingham Palace, the castle is the residence of the royals and not the crown. What is it like inside?

Although most details of royal properties are kept quiet, royal enthusiasts have previously been given a glimpse inside the grand castle.

The estate house is based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and had intensive refurbishments after it was first bought, as the original house was deemed to be too small.

It covers around 50,000 acres and is a working estate with grouse moors, forestry and farmland.

In 2017, the Queen met with Canadian Governor General Designate Julie Payette and royal photographers were welcomed into the property.

During their private audience, photographers snapped pictures of the large drawing room, which had had a light green carpet and a three piece furniture set.

The room had large wooden bookshelves along the wall and a small mahogany cabinet with a flatscreen TV placed on top.

Photographs showed the room was decorated with yellow and pink flower and there was a large fireplace with a clock and mirror above it.

The green armchairs were decorated with a number of cushions which had a cream and red pattern across them.

When Governor General Designate of Canada, Michaelle Jean, met the Queen at the castle in 2005, another snap revealed more about the property.

Another room showed a mint green coach next to a table with a green floral lamp resting on it.

In the background, there was a table covered by a tartan throw and the place was given a homely feel with a selection of framed family photos.

The room was also decorated with flowers dotted about and a large painting hanging on the wall.

Although royals are mostly private with the inside of their homes, some details are known about the estates.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, lives with Prince Edward in Bagshot Park on Bagshot Heath near Windsor. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William live at Kensington Palace and have also allowed royal photographers into their property before. 

The drawing room had gold and cream chairs and was decorated by a number of lamps and painting on the wall.


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