During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II resided primarily in London. But there are many residences owned by the royal family across the United Kingdom. Here is the list of the most beautiful palaces.
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Located in the heart of London, Buckingham Palace is the official residence of British sovereigns. Its construction was spread over more than one hundred and twenty years, from 1703 to 1826. Since 1837, it has been inhabited by the royal couple in place. It is also the focal point of the British people in times of joy, crisis and sorrow.
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Built in 1070 by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Europe. Established in the county of Berksire, about thirty minutes from the British capital, it was the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during the weekends.
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Frogmore Cottage is in Home Park, Windsor. Sophie-Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III, had it built in 1801. It was the official residence of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle before they decided to move away from the British monarchy.
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Located in the county of Norfolk (East of England), Sandrigham House is a private property of the royal family where she goes to spend the Christmas holidays.
This 18th century palace is surrounded by a vast estate of 3,200 hectares classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (literally, “Area of remarkable natural beauty”). In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this distinction is awarded to an area recognized for the beauty of its landscapes.
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Clarence House is the official London residence of King Charles III and his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Queen Consort.
Built between 1825 and 1827, the residence is adjoining the Saint-James Palace, with which it shares the garden. For almost fifty years, from 1953 to 2002, Clarence House was the official residence of the Queen Mother (Queen Mum).
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Kensington Palace in London is the official residence of Prince William where he lives with his wife and three children. Many people have occupied this emblematic residence like Princess Diana but also Queen Victoria.
On what would have been her 60th birthday, a statue of the Princess of Wales was unveiled there in July 2021 by her sons, Princes William and Harry.
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Balmoral Castle, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a private residence of the British Royal Family used during the summer period, from August to September.
Queen Elizabeth II died there on September 8, 2022 after a seventy-year reign.
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Highgrove House is the country residence of King Charles III. Purchased in 1980 by the Duchy of Cornwall, the property is located in Gloucestershire. The duchy also manages the properties surrounding the mansion.
Passionate about flowers and gardens, Charles III recently launched his own perfume called “Highgrove bouquet”. A clear tribute to Highgrove House.
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When Queen Elizabeth II traveled to Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle was where she went.
Hillsborough Castle is located in the village of the same name. Contrary to its appearance, it is not a real castle but a Georgian country house built in the 18th century.
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Royal residence located in Surrey, it is the current residence of Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II. He lives there with his wife, countess Sophie and their two children.