Balmoral Castle

Coordinates: 57°2′27″N 3°13′48″W / 57.04083°N 3.23000°W / 57.04083; -3.23000
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Balmoral Castle
TypeScots baronial mansion
LocationRoyal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Coordinates57°2′27″N 3°13′48″W / 57.04083°N 3.23000°W / 57.04083; -3.23000
ArchitectWilliam Smith, directed by Prince Albert
Balmoral Castle is located in Aberdeen
Balmoral Castle
Location in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Colour lithograph of Balmoral Castle by William Gauci.
William Gauci - Balmoral Castle (ABDAG007269). Aberdeen Art Gallery, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Balmoral Castle is a royal residence in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is located near the village of Crathie, 6.2 miles (10 km) west of Ballater and 6.8 miles (11 km) east of Braemar. It was purchased by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, in 1848. Victoria and Albert paid £300,000 for full ownership of the house in 1852. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone in 1853, signed a parchment recording the date, and placed it in the hole prepared for the stone. The area of Balmoral covers approximately 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares). Today, Balmoral is owned privately by the British royal family, and was one of Queen Elizabeth II's favourite summer retreats. This is the place where Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022.

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