From the Scottish highlands to the Norfolks coast, travel like the Royal family, as we explore where Queen Elizabeth and co spend their holidays.
Although our travel plans for 2021 are still put on hold due to the pandemic, there's no harm in planning your next trip to the United Kingdom.
We explore where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate as well as their extended family and ancestors holiday around the United Kingdom. While your vacation accommodation might night be as grand as the Royal castles let these locations inspire you for your next trip.
The beautiful Balmoral Castle, located in the Scottish Highlands, was a gift to Queen Victoria from Prince Albert in 1856. Today it remains one of the most popular Royal getaways in the British Isles. The castle is set in Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire and boasts impressive Scots Baronial architecture, as well as formal gardens and wildlife.
The Queen and her family enjoy getting away from it all in the wild Scottish countryside and taking advantage of the great outdoors with horse riding and long walks.
This is a usual haunt for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during the summer when they are often joined by their extended family. Princess Eugenie once said: "I think Granny is the most happy there, I think she really, really loves the Highlands… walks, picnics, dogs, a lot of dogs, there's always dogs."
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Located in East Cowes and boasting of views of the Solent, the strait separating the Isle of Wight and Great Britain, Osborne House was a favorite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Royal couple fell in love with this beach destination and in 1851 they rebuilt Osborne House in an Italian-style, inspired by the beauty of the Bay of Naples, in Italy.
Osborne House is now open to the public (check the website before visiting due to COVID restrictions.
This area certainly holds a place in the Royal family's heart. In fact, Osborne Myrtle, which grows in the grounds was part of Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle's wedding bouquets.
Anmer Hall and Sandringham House, Norfolk
Hello Magazine has been speculating about where the Royals will vacation in 2021, while the world continues to battle the pandemic. They believe that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Kate Middleton will spend their summer break at Anmer Hall, which they own, in Norfolk.
Ordinarily, Prince William and his family, including with children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, live in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, in London. However, since the lockdowns began and home-schooling is all the rage the family has been spending more time at Anmer Hall.
The house is located on Sandringham Estate, usually where the Queen and her family spend Christmas. The three-storey property has a large law including climbing frames, a climbing wall, and swings. We can see why the younger Royals like it.
Sandringham House is a grand country house that stands on a 20k acre estate. This is the private home of Elizabeth II, whose father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, both died there. Located on the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this a favorite spot for the Royals to spend Christmas, including their extended family, Mike and Zara Tindall.
A favorite of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, this royal pair often spend their summer breaks at their Llwynywermod Estate, in Wales. Llwynywermod is located near Llandovery, in Carmarthenshire, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. The property boasts 192 acres of countryside, plenty to room for Charles to get in touch with nature.
If you really want to get the Royal experience their are actually two converted barns on the estate that are available for rent by the public.
The Cotswolds, in south-central and southwest England, was a firm favorite of Meghan Markle, when she and Harry lived in the UK. A big favorite of her was the chic Soho Farmhouse, part of the Soho House family. Thee's also been rumors that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plans to build a home in the area, a popular destination for tourists.
St Mawes, Cornwall
The village of St Mawes, in Cornwall, has long played host to Royals, including Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and The Queen Mother. The Royals have always stayed at Penolva, a waterfront property built by a friend of The Queen Mother's.
The great news is that you can actually rent out Penolva for a true royal experience. The house has 180-degree sea views and sleeps eight guests.
Isles of Scilly
Holiday like the Cambridge on the Isles of Scilly near Cornwall. Prince William and Kate recently brought the family there on vacation. This a spot William knows well as Prince Charles, Diana, Harry and he holidayed there in 1989.
The archipelago sits 28 miles southwest of the Cornish Peninsula. The Isles of Scilly is home to some stunning beaches and plenty of tourist attractions.