|Type||Scots baronial mansion|
|Location||Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland|
|Architect||William Smith, directed by Prince Albert|
Balmoral Castle is a royal residence in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 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 the Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022.
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