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The Royal residences

So, by now, you know much of the ins and outs of the Royal Family. But one topic we have not yet covered – where do these lovely people live? Take a look!

Buckingham Palace

When you think of Royal residences, you likely think of Buckingham Palace. It’s where the Queen and Prince Philip live, and also where the administrative headquarters of the monarchy is. The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London.

Windsor Castle

This is the Queen and Prince Philip’s country residence and is located in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

This is the Queen and Prince Philip’s residence in Scotland, specifically in Edinburgh. It is also where the exhibit “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex” is being held this summer and I want to go so badly.

Hillsborough Castle

This is the Queen and Prince Philip’s residence in Northern Ireland, specifically in – you guessed it – Hillsborough.

Sandringham House

If you haven’t already noticed, the Royal family is very regimented. That said, every Christmas through February, the Queen and Prince Philip can be found here, in Sandringham, Norfolk, England. What I would give to spend a famous “Christmas at Sandringham”!

Balmoral Castle

The Queen and Prince Philip summer here every August and September. The castle is in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and the Queen – along with Charles, William, and Harry – were famously in residence at Balmoral when Diana died on August 31, 1997.

Also on the property is Craigowen Lodge, about a mile from the main property and boasting seven bedrooms. Charles and Diana used to stay there frequently; now it is considered the guest house for important guests at Balmoral.

About eight miles from Balmoral is Delnadamph Lodge; it was originally given by the Queen to Charles and Diana, but Diana hated it. It is now used for offices only and no one lives there.

Clarence House

This is the London residence of Charles and Camilla, and also where their administrative offices are. Before Charles and Camilla lived there, it was home to the Queen’s mother, the Queen Mother. William and Harry also lived here for different periods of time before they got married.

Highgrove House

Located in Gloucestershire, England, this is the family residence of Charles and Camilla (as opposed to the official residence of the couple, Clarence House). Charles – a staunch environmentalist – has many gardens on the property.


Charles and Camilla’s country home, located in Carmarthenshire, Wales.


Located on the estate of Balmoral Castle, this is Charles and Camilla’s property there.

Kensington Palace

A lot of people have lived within the walls of KP, but currently it is the official home in London of the Cambridges. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also live here. Jack and Eugenie live on the property as well in Ivy Cottage; before they moved to Frogmore, Harry and Meghan lived on the property in Nottingham Cottage – it’s where they famously got engaged over roast chicken.

Anmer Hall

Located on the grounds of Sandringham, this is the Cambridges’ country home.


Located in Windsor, Frogmore House is used for official functions, such as Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception. The Sussexes live in Frogmore Cottage (pictured above) on the estate.

St. James’s Palace

The official home of Anne, Beatrice, and Princess Alexandra and formerly the home of Charles; Clarence House is attached, and the two properties share a garden. William and Harry split their time growing up between their father’s home at St. James and their mother’s home at KP.

Gatcombe Park

Anne’s country home in Gloucestershire, England.

The Royal Lodge

Though this may sound like a cheap hotel off the highway, the property – located in Berkshire, England – is gorgeous and home to (interestingly) Andrew and Fergie (though not together); before they left the nest, Beatrice and Eugenie called The Royal Lodge home.

Bagshot Park

Edward and Sophie’s home, along with their children Louise and James.

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