Queen Elizabeth II has six castles and palaces at her disposal, where she can live and travel around the United Kingdom. These royal palaces in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are open to the King’s fans year-round. Take a look at how the Queen, who sits on the throne for 70 of the 96 years, often visits gates, gardens and interiors.
1. Buckingham Palace
The main residence of Queen Elizabeth, the executive headquarters of the monarchy in London – where receptions, official events, ceremonies and occasional celebrations are held – was built in 1703 and offers an impressive 775 rooms on 77,000 m² including 52 royal and bathroom guests and 78 guests.
From July 22 to October 2 this year you can visit the palace’s Government Rooms, Throne Room, Ballroom, Grand Staircase and Music Room, along with outdoor gardens. Depending on the time, you may even notice a change of guard.
2. Sandringham House
In Norfolk (100 miles north of London), this mansion is said to be the queen’s retreat in the English countryside, where she wants to spend Christmas with her family. The king’s father and grandfather, kings George VI and George V, died here.
Tourists can visit the 8,000-hectare plantation and discover the interiors and learn about the lives of more than 200 people who live on the property, including gardeners, guards and farmers who work on the farm. There may be visits Marked by the website – July 1st and 23rd to 31st, except when it is closed.
3. Windsor Castle
Still in England, Castle Windsor is located in Berkshire, 40 km from central London and is used by the Queen as private residence on weekends.
Built in the 11th century, the fort houses interesting sites such as the toy house and churches of Queen Mary. It’s open all year round, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays – but the Ticket Sales Website Be sure to check to see if times have changed as official events and officials are held at this location.
4. Hillsborough Castle
Elizabeth’s official residence in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle, is the seat of government and the home of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs – as well as accommodation for other members of the British royal family while traveling there.
You can only walk through the gardens (they date back to 1760 and are divided into over 40 hectares such as the 18th century Wall Garden, Granville Garden, Lady Alice Temple and Lost Garden) or listen to different stories of Ireland in state rooms. Tickets are Sold throughout the year.
5. Holyrood Palace
While in Scotland, the Queen’s official residence was the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. Built as a monastery in 1128, but remodeled over the centuries, it retains the period furniture and rugs and an extensive Baroque decor in its interior.
One of the main attractions of the gallery is the 96 portraits of members of the British dynasty distributed on the walls of the 44 meter long space. Despite its ruins, Holyrood Abbey, built in the 12th century, attracts visitors to the palace grounds. Even the tickets They are for sale Full year.
6. Palmoral Fort
In Scotland, at Palmoral Castle, 160 km from Edinburgh, Elizabeth rests as her vacation home, interacting with a variety of animals spread over 20,000 hectares of land.
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