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The Queen is reportedly planning to escape to her Scottish holiday home, Balmoral Castle, later this month – and it certainly looks like it's ready for her.
Her Majesty is currently living in Windsor Castle, but according to the Daily Mail's Eden Confidential column, she will relocate to Balmoral to continue to grieve for her late husband Prince Philip.
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The Queen usually arrives at her Scottish residence in August, so we imagine staff have had to move quickly in order to make sure everything is ready for her.
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Judging by a photo of the castle shared on Twitter on Saturday, the monarch's summer home is certainly looking fit for royalty.
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The Queen owns an impressive property portfolio, including a selection of castles and palaces around the UK. She spent the majority of 2020 at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the monarch and her fellow royals also own several other holiday homes including Balmoral Castle in Scotland where Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla often stay, and the Sandringham estate, while Prince William and Kate Middleton often make trips to a specific villa in Mustique. As the coronavirus roadmap out of lockdown progresses, take a look through the gallery to see where the family will likely visit once the rules permit… Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Said to be one of Her Majesty's favourite places in the world, Balmoral Castle is where the Queen usually spends her summer break. Balmoral has long been a favourite retreat for the royal family, dating back to 1842, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first visited the Highlands. The magnificent estate, set amid mountains, lochs and glens, held a special place for Victoria, so much so that in 1852 her husband Albert bought it for her. The original house was deemed "small but pretty", which led to the commission of Balmoral Castle. Unlike other properties such as Buckingham Palace, it is privately owned. RELATED: Inside the Queen's Scottish residence Balmoral Castle
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Mustique villa Though not exclusively owned by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the pair are known to frequent Villa Antilles, a five-bedroom colonial style abode owned by Prince William's friend Andrew Dunn. According to The Sun, it costs a whopping £27,000 per week and boasts a 60ft infinity pool, private staff and stunning sea views out to the neighbouring islands of Bequia and Saint Vincent.
Craigowan Lodge, Balmoral Estate, Scotland Craigowan Lodge is a seven-bedroom house located on the Balmoral estate, and is typically where the Queen stays for the first couple of weeks of her summer holiday, while the main castle is still open to the public. RELATED: The sweet touches inside royal homes
Castle of Mey, Caithness, Scotland Prince Charles has a second Scottish retreat in Caithness on the north coast of Scotland. The Castle of Mey was bought by the Queen Mother in 1952 after the death of her husband, King George Vi, and was inherited by Charles after her death in 2002. The Queen Mother visited the castle every August and October until she was 101, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed there in August 2018 with Prince Charles and Camilla. In May 2020, Prince Charles opened a new ten-bedroom bed and breakfast in the grounds of the castle, the Granary Lodge.
Llwynywermod in Llandovery, Wales Llwynywermod Estate is the Welsh residence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The couple stay at the beautifully-restored farmhouse during their annual summer tour of Wales, and bought the residence in March 2007 following Charles' 40-year search for the perfect Welsh property. The two barn conversions on the grounds are available to rent when not in use by the royals. RELATED: Inside Prince Charles and Camilla's private home in Wales
Sandringham House, Norfolk, England Sandringham is the Queen's country estate, where she visits for the Christmas holidays each year. The house has been the private home to four generations of sovereigns since 1862, and was inherited by the Queen in 1952. Her Majesty travels to Sandringham shortly before Christmas, and stays there until February every year, after privately marking the anniversary of her father's death.
Posting to the official Balmoral Castle & Estate page, a photo of the exterior of the property could be seen in all its glory. With the sun shining down and the daffodils in the expansive gardens blooming, Balmoral looked absolutely stunning!
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Her Majesty is thought to be relocating to her Scottish holiday home later in May, staying at the private Craigowan Lodge - a seven-bedroom stone house that is used regularly by friends and family of the royal family while visiting.
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The Queen is reportedly heading to Balmoral at the end of May
Public access to Balmoral Castle and gardens is open as usual until August, which explains why the Queen would stay at another property within the estate.
Balmoral holds many fond memories for the Queen and her late husband - the Duke even left his personal mark on their beloved summer home, in the form of a sprawling vegetable patch and kitchen garden.
Scotland is considered to be one of the Queen's favourite places on Earth; she and Prince Philip even spent part of their honeymoon at Birkhall hunting lodge, located on the estate, in 1947.
Her granddaughter Princess Eugenie has previously explained: "It's the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands."
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