When you think of houses owned by the royal family, the first ones you think of are probably Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace, but what about the others?
The royal family owns houses, castles and palaces across the country, and many of them have been purchased with private funds.
Although you may associate different homes with certain royals, did you know that Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall can call six royal residences their own?
Whether it’s a mansion in central London, a country retreat or a castle located in the northernmost point of Scotland, find out where the Queen’s eldest son calls home.
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The Prince of Wales’ central residence is the four-storey Clarence House, next to St James’s Palace and less than a five-minute walk from Buckingham Palace.
The house – valued at £ 55 million – was originally taken into use and built between 1825 and 1827 and was inhabited by the future King William IV.
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The house was then inhabited by Princess Augusta Sophia until 1840, after which Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Arthur of Connaught, called it home between 1900 and 1942.
The most famous inhabitants include the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and Prince Philip, as well as the Queen Mother, who moved in after the death of King George VI. She lived there from 1952 to 2002 and left the house to her granddaughter when she died.
Highgrove House is located southwest of Tetbury in Gloucestershire. The house is just six miles away from Princess Anne’s home in Gatcombe Park and is located between the villages of Minchinhampton and Avening.
The original Highgrove House was built between 1796 and 1798 and was inhabited by the son of former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan until 1980.
Highgrove was purchased by the Duchy of Cornwall and transformed into Prince Charles’ rural retreat.
Prince Charles rebuilt Highgrove using neo-classical architecture in 1987. The house and gardens are run using the Prince’s environmental beliefs, which have been the subject of many books and television programs.
The Prince of Wales’ home in Wales is located in Llandovery, Myddfai. It was purchased by the Duchy of Cornwall and is located on a 192 acre property.
The house was purchased in 2007 and the Prince of Wales settled in 2008.
Speaking in one interview , Prince Charles talked about the house and why it is so important that he has a base in Wales.
He said: “Having been Prince of Wales for 55 years, it enables me on various occasions to be part of the local community around Llandovery and have a base to entertain and meet people from all over the country.”
Tamarisk House is located on the Isles of Scilly, just off the coast of Cornwall.
The home was built in the 1960s and was used as a summer getaway for the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Isles of Scilly are still a frequent holiday destination for the royal family today, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been seen holidaying there with their three children.
Birkhall is one of the Scottish family’s Scottish residences and is located on the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.
Birkhall was built in 1715 and was originally owned by the Farquharson family before it was acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert when it became part of the Balmoral Estate in 1849.
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King George V then lent Birkhall to the Duke and Duchess of York, the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The couple used to vacation there during the 1930s with their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.
After the Queen Mother’s death in March 2002, Birkhall was inherited by his grandson, Prince Charles. He visits the home every year and had to spend a period of self-isolation there in March 2020, when he tested positive for COVID-19.
Castle of Mey
The Castle of Mey is located in Caithness on the north coast of Scotland. It is a four and a half hour journey from another of the royal family’s Scottish residences, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.
The ten-bedroom castle was built between 1566 and 1572. The name of the castle was changed from Castle of Mey to Barrogill Castle, and the structure itself was changed several times.
The Queen Mother bought the castle in 1952. Although it is not known how much she paid for it – some say it was £ 1, others say she paid £ 100 (£ 2,951.53 today) – she used personal funds to bring the castle up to date by adding electricity and fresh water supplies.
Castle of Mey is now owned by the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust and it is open to the public. However, it is closed for ten days between the end of July and August, which is usually when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit.
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