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King Charles wants to turn Balmoral Castle into a museum

The estate has belonged to the royal family since 1852

Written by
Ellie Muir

It’s common knowledge that the Queen cherished her Balmoral residence in Scotland. It’s where she spent most of the summer each year, and also where she died on September 8 2022.

Now the castle could be transformed into a museum holding artefacts from throughout her 70-year reign. It would honour the late monarch’s connection to Scotland and could contain her jewellery and outfits, according to Mail Online

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It’s unlikely that King Charles III will require living quarters in the castle as he already has his own retreat in North-East Scotland at nearby Birkhall. By turning the castle into a museum, the maintenance of the historic property would be seen to, while also opening it up for the public to enjoy.

The Balmoral Estate has been a private property of the monarch since 1852, when it was bought from the Farquharson family by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. A new castle was commissioned and completed in 1856 and the old castle was demolished shortly after. The estate now stretches across 50,000 acres of land featuring forests, a working farm and all sorts of wildlife.

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