Balmoral: The Queen’s summer home that holds years of memories for Royal Family

Balmoral: The Queen’s summer home that holds years of memories for Royal Family
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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 08/09/2022

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Updated: 14/02/2023

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Her Majesty travels to the estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland each summer

Balmoral has long been one of the Queen’s favourite places and she is said to never be happier than when staying there.

She travels to the estate in Aberdeenshire each summer, with members of her family invited to spend time with her while she is there.

Balmoral Castle was handed down to her through generations of royals after being bought for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852.

The Queen’s traditional annual stay at the main property – after a break at Craigowan Lodge on the estate in July – usually stretches through August and September and into October.

File photo dated 06/09/2022 of Queen Elizabeth II waiting in the Drawing Room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, Scotland. A Palace spokesperson said: %22Following further evaluation this morning, the Queens doctors are concerned for Her Majestys health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral%22. Issue date: Thursday September 8, 2022.
The Queen at Balmoral
Jane Barlow

This year she travelled to Balmoral on July 21 and remained at the estate to appoint a new prime minister there for the first time in her reign on Tuesday.

The 96-year-old monarch, who has faced ongoing mobility issues, traditionally holds audiences with outgoing and incoming premiers at Buckingham Palace but this year stayed in Scotland.

Outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson and his successor Liz Truss made the 1,000-mile round trip to Aberdeenshire for the key audiences this week.

It came after the Queen broke with convention earlier this summer when inspecting a guard of honour to officially mark taking up residence at her Scottish home.

The Queen travels to the estate in Aberdeenshire each summer
The Queen travels to the estate in Aberdeenshire each summer

Traditionally she inspects the guard of honour at the gates of Balmoral but this year she held the event privately within the estate’s grounds for her “comfort”, sources said.

Balmoral, like Sandringham, is a private residence of the Queen rather than a royal residence belonging to the Crown.

Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, once described Balmoral as the most beautiful place on the planet.

“Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time,” she said.

“It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there; where you just have room to breathe and run.”

Years of royal memories have been forged at Balmoral, including family barbecues – where the Duke of Edinburgh did the cooking and the Queen the washing-up.

After Philip and Princess Elizabeth married in 1947, they spent part of their honeymoon at Birkhall – a grand hunting lodge on the Balmoral estate.

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