Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle that has been a favorite of the British Royal Family since the time of Queen Victoria.

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Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Originally built as an 'Estate House' in 1390, Queen Victoria fell in love with the building and it's stunning location during a visit to the Scottish Highlands in the mid 1800's. In her journals she described it as "my dear paradise in the Highlands".

At first Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, leased the original estate house, they loved it so much that in 1852 they bought it - and promptly began work on their new 'Estate'.

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A Young Queen Victoria

Prince Albert had a new, 'baronial-style' castle built about 100 yards from the original building (as it wasn't big enough!)and once the new castle was completed, the older estate house was demolished.

They then placed a stone in the spot where the entry to this original home had been.

Today this Royal Estate (which now has over 50,000 acres of land) passes down by inheritance and is currently the private property of the Queen (Queen Elizabeth II), who visits every during the summer every year.

I guess that makes it the ultimate 'summer home'!

Here are some interesting facts about this Scottish Castle.....

  • Queen Victoria laid the the castles' foundation stone herself on September 28, 1853.

  • This Scottish Castle is where Queen Elizabeth II was when the news of Princess Dianas' tragic death was announced.

  • It has been seen on the reverse side of £100 notes, issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, since 1987.

  • Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones spent their honeymoon in a royal hunting lodge on the Balmoral Estate in 1999.

  • Prince Philip proposed to the future Queen of England (again Queen Elizabeth II) at the same location

Certain areas of the castle are open to the public between early April and the end of July. These include the grounds and gardens and the Ballroom. The private areas are not accessible.

Balmoral Castle Official Website

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Scottish Castles

Cawdor Castle

Dumbarton Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Urquhart Castle

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