The Ultimate Royal Palace fit for a Queen

The Ultimate Royal Palace fit for a Queen

Most people dream of having a holiday home - how about if you owned not only one, but six? And just to note, they’re not your everyday run-of-the-mill homes, they’re royal palaces.

Much like the rest of the country, let alone the world, we want to know which is the ultimate Royal Palace fit for a Queen? So we did some digging...

The Queen of England resides in all six homes, but she privately owns only two – Balmoral Castle and Sandringham Estate, whilst the rest are owned by the ‘Crown Estate’. “The Crown Estate belongs to the reigning monarch 'in right of The Crown', that is, it is owned by the monarch for the duration of their reign, by virtue of their accession to the throne. But it is not the private property of the monarch - it cannot be sold by the monarch, nor do revenues from it belong to the monarch.”

To non-royals it seems awfully excessive to have six homes, and whilst it isn’t unreasonable to think so, there are valid reasons why The Queen has so many.


Buckingham Palace, London

Location: London, SW1A 1AA
Rooms: 774 with at least 240 bedrooms
Price in modern-day: £5.5 billion
Square space: 828,821 square feet
Rating* out of 5: 4.5

Buckingham Palace is the administrative HQ of the monarch, and has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since the year 1837 – a total of 185 years! Today, it is used for several royal events, ceremonies, State banquets and garden parties, alongside being the focal point for national celebrations and commemorations.


Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire

Location: Windsor SL4 1NJ
Rooms: 1,000
Price in modern-day: £497.5 million
Square space: 484,000 square feet
Rating out of 5: 4.5

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Founded by William The Conqueror in the 11th Century, it has since been home to 39 monarchs. The Queen uses Windsor Castle as both a private home, typically on the weekends and as an official Royal residence.

Over recent years, Windsor Castle became The Queen’s main home where she spent the majority of her time with her beloved late husband, Prince Phillip.


Sandringham House, Norfolk

Location: Sandringham PE35 6EN
Rooms: Classified
Price in modern-day: £48.5 million
Square space: 871,200,000 square feet
Rating out of 5: 4.5

Sandringham House was passed down to The Queen upon her father, King George VI’s death. The house has remained in the Royal family since 1862 preceding 4 generations.

The Queen resides at Sandringham House from Christmas to the following February.


The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Location: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Rooms: 289
Price in modern-day: Classified
Square space: 87,120 square feet
Rating out of 5: 4.5

This is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland and can be found at one end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is best known as being the home of Mary, Queen of Scots during her short reign. However, today it is used for state ceremonies and official entertaining.


Balmoral Castle, The Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Location: Balmoral Estates, Ballater AB35 5TB
Rooms: At least 52 bedrooms
Price in modern-day: £115 million
Square space: 2,178,000,000
Rating out of 5: 4

Originally built in 1390 by King Robert II as a hunting lodge, Balmoral is now used as the Royal Family’s Scottish holiday home or for important guests who are visiting.

Balmoral is also thought to be the monarch’s favourite royal residence as it is known for being where the Queen spends her summer holiday. A place for Her Majesty to spend time with her family and corgis, explore the grounds on horseback and switch off from her public duties. 


Hillsborough Castle, County Down, Northern Ireland

Location: The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6GT
Rooms: Classified
Price in modern-day: Classified, although it had a 5 year-long £24 million refurbishment
Square space: 4,356,000
Rating out of 5: 4.5

Hillsborough Castle is an official royal residence where the Royal Family stays when visiting Northern Ireland as well as being the official home of the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland.


So, which is the ultimate Palace fit for a Queen?

It's a tough question, but we'd have to say, Balmoral Castle. Balmoral Castle is the third most expensive of the Queen's homes, it has the biggest area by the square foot and whilst it doesn't have the highest number of bedrooms, it doesn't matter! Who actually needs that many bedrooms anyway? All that matters is you fill them with a bedspread fit for a Queen.

Also, Queen Elizabeth II is coming into her 70th year as a figurehead of not only the United Kingdom but also 14 other Commonwealth realms, too! So it's safe to say she deserves a much-needed sit-down looking out onto a beautiful garden!

*All ratings sourced from Trip Advisor reviews - original source