Royal Palaces and Royal Property
The Royal Palaces (and other property owned by the Crown) represent some of the most valuable assets and most popular tourist attractions in the country. They are also steeped in history. Some of the buildings are used as residences for members of the Royal Family and some are private estates which are owned by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Royal residences are generally held in trust.
There are various Royal Palaces and buildings in the UK. These are generally either designated as official or private residences. Examples include:
- Buckingham Palace - this has been the official London home of the Kings and Queens of Britain since the 1800s.
- Windsor Castle - this is another official residence in Berkshire.
- Palace of Holyroodhouse - based in Edinburgh this is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
- Balmoral Castle - this Aberdeenshire castle is a private residence where the Royal Family tends to spend their summers.
- Sandringham House - this is one of the Queen’s private homes and it is where the Royal Family spends Christmas.
- Clarence House - this is now the official residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It used to be the home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the Queen lived here with the Duke of Edinburgh for a period after they got married.
- St James’s Palace - this is one of the Queen’s oldest palaces and is now home to various Royals and Royal offices.
- Kensington Palace - again, this palace is home to various members of the Royal family.