10 Facts About Balmoral Estate


Balmoral 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 Estate 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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Historian Michael Lynch comments that "the Scottishness of Balmoral Estate helped to give the monarchy a truly British dimension for the first time".

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

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

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Balmoral Estate was born to Princess Beatrice, the fifth daughter of Victoria and Albert.

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

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Balmoral Estate extends to Loch Muick in the southeast where an old boat house and the Royal Bothy now named Glas-allt-Shiel, built by Victoria, are located.

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