12 Facts About Balmoral Castle


Balmoral Castle is a large estate house in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and a residence of the British royal family.

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Balmoral Castle remains the private property of the monarch and is not part of the Crown Estate.

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Balmoral Castle is an example of Scottish baronial architecture, and is classified by Historic Environment Scotland as a category A listed building.

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Balmoral Castle Estate has been added to by successive members of the royal family, and now covers an area of approximately 50, 000 acres.

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Balmoral Castle made major alterations to the original castle at Balmoral, including baronial-style extensions that were designed by John Smith of Aberdeen.

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Balmoral Castle is built from granite quarried at Invergelder on the estate.

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Balmoral Castle was a local ghillie from Crathie, who became one of her closest companions during her long mourning.

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In 1887, Balmoral Castle was the birthplace of Victoria Eugenie, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

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Balmoral Castle's was born to Princess Beatrice, the fifth daughter of Victoria and Albert.

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Balmoral Castle is private property and, unlike the monarch's official residences, is not the property of the Crown.

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Once Elizabeth became queen, ownership of the Balmoral Castle estate passed onto her, and then after her death to her eldest son King Charles III, but the estate is managed by trustees under Deeds of Nomination and Appointment.

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Balmoral Castle Estate is within the Cairngorms National Park and is partly within the Deeside and Lochnagar National Scenic Area.

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