We are used to seeing the most iconic photographs of the royal family near Buckingham Palace. However, the British monarchy has many residences where they go on holidays or where they spend time.
The private and most famous residence of Queen Elizabeth II is Buckingham Palace. But the queen and her husband Philip prefer to change their place of residence throughout the year. For example, on weekends and before Easter, they go to the largest castle in the world, which for more than 900 years was considered the main royal house – Windsor Castle in Berkshire. It has over 1000 rooms and over 13 acres of area.
Some time in the summer, the couple spends in the Scottish castle of Balmoral. The territory with 150 buildings was acquired by Queen Victoria in 1852. Also in Scotland is an old castle in 1128 – Holyroodhouse Palace. His queen visits each year during the traditional visits of Holyrood week (Royal Week) to various regions of Scotland. In 1670, the palace was restored by Charles II, who completed the upper floor. Now there are private apartments of members of the royal family.
And the Queen, along with her relatives, spends Christmas at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, which Elizabeth inherited from her father George VI. In Ireland, there is another castle – Hillsboro, built in the 1770s.
Queen's eldest grandson, Prince William, and his wife Kate are considered the owners of Kensington Palace. Before their relocation in 2013, 4 floors and 20 rooms were reconstructed for $ 1.6 million, and in subsequent years about $ 4.9 million was spent on the renovation of the palace. Spouses spend part of their time with three children at the Norfolk estate on Sandringham Manor. A 10-bedroom country house was a gift for the Queen's spouses for their wedding in 2011.
After the announcement of the engagement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived in Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace. Also in this two-bedroom home with an area of 1,300 square feet, William and Kate previously lived.
After the birth of her son, Archie, the couple moved to a renovated Frogmore cottage, which cost British taxpayers $ 3 million. Now a house built in the 1800s has 10 bedrooms, a children's room, a gym and a yoga studio.
Since their wedding in 2005, Prince Charles and Camille have lived at Clarence House in London. Previously, the property belonged to Queen Elizabeth's mother. Before the move, the estate, built in the 1820s, underwent reconstruction and repair.
His second home is the Highgrow House in Gloucestershire. There Charles lived with his first wife, Princess Diana, and now the residence has a large garden.
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