What The Royal Family’s Homes Really Look Like

The royal family rocks some swanky digs.
And since the British Monarchy’s Crown Estate
owns most historic properties throughout the
United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth banks 25 percent
of that revenue.
While you may think of Buckingham Palace as
the quintessential royal abode, don’t tell
the Queen, but some residences are even cooler.
Here’s what the royal family’s homes really
look like.
The opulent Buckingham Palace
Ok, of course we have to at least mention
Buckingham Palace.
If you’ve ever traveled across the pond to
London, you probably took a selfie outside
its gates.
But there’s a lot that goes on behind those
gilded walls.
According to the official royal website, in
the summer months, tourists are even allowed
inside for a glimpse of the State Rooms.
But even then, there’s a lot you won’t see.
There are 19 rooms you’re allowed to visit,
but Buckingham Palace has another 756 that
are totally off limits.
This includes 240 bedrooms for royals, their
guests, and staff, as well as 78 bathrooms.
Since the palace is also often a place of
business, there are 92 offices.
This is one home that’s literally fit for
a queen.
Weekends at WindsorCastle
Another royal residence that’s occasionally
open to visits from commoners, Windsor Castle
is part gorgeous gothic home, and part fortress,
and it’s actually the longest continually-occupied
castle in the world, according to the official
royal site.
Queen Elizabeth uses Windsor for dual purposes:
As a private residence on the weekends and
an official residence when performing royal
There’s even a fully functioning chapel on
the site, with daily church services that
are open to all who wish to worship.
This chapel is considered a “Royal Peculiar”
because its allegiance is to the Queen, not
to one particular bishop or archbishop.
You may also know it as St. George’s Chapel
— the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle’s wedding.
Holidays at Sandringham House
Although you might be content with just a
palace and a castle, that’s not how this royal
family rolls.
On the eastern coast of England, in a county
called Norfolk, there sits a 20,000-acre estate
called Sandringham House.
A phenomenally manicured garden takes up a
substantial 60 of those acres.
Sandringham House is one of two properties
privately owned by the royal family, and a
beloved one at that.
According to the royal family’s website, King
George the fifth once called it,
“Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better
than anywhere else in the world.”
Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George the
sixth, also loved the estate, writing,
“I have always been so happy here and I love
the place.”
It’s no surprise, then, that the Queen likes
it too.
The royal family celebrates Christmas at this
house, exchanging gifts at teatime.
The Scottish Balmoral Castle
Windsor Castle is cool and all, but why stop
at owning just one fortress?
Balmoral Castle, located in Aberdeenshire,
Scotland, looks like something out of a fairy
It’s also the last of just two private residences
owned by the royal family, according to the
official royal website.
Non-royals can visit the Scottish castle four
months out of the year and Queen Elizabeth
spends her summer break there, often with
other members of her family.
After the royals tweeted a photo of the Queen
meeting Julie Payette, Governor-General designate
of Canada, from within castle walls, People
magazine highlighted some interesting details.
From tons of books, to delicately worn reading
chairs, to even a TV, the Queen has obviously
made the castle more like a cozy home than
a fortress.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Although Queen Elizabeth is often referred
to as the Queen of England, she also rules
over Scotland.
And you can’t rule a place without a palace,
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, located in Edinburgh,
is her official Scottish residence.
The Queen uses this palace for many functions
including one summer event dubbed “Holyrood
Week,” which involves many official engagements
and, of course, a garden party.
King George the fifth and Queen Mary actually
started those garden parties, and the tradition
continues today.
The palace is huge but is somehow not a monstrosity.
Visitors can tour the palace inside and out,
and gander at the ornate and elaborate decor.
You will find a church here too: Holyrood
Abbey, although it sits in ruins today.
“Nott Cott” for the newlyweds
Although they’re rumored to be upgrading in
the near future, as of June 2018, Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle are living on royal property,
at Nottingham Cottage, a small house on Kensington
Palace grounds.
And before Harry and Meghan moved in, Harry’s
royal older brother, Prince William and his
wife, Kate Middleton, lived there.
Unlike Buckingham Palace with its 240 bedrooms,
“Nott Cott” has just two.
But living on Palace property also means the
couple is surrounded by the beautiful Kensington
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment
Tonight that Markle “loves to run laps around
Kensington gardens”…
Something groundskeepers say the late Princess
Diana loved to do, too.
William and Kate’s Apartment 1A
As of June 2018, Prince William and Kate Middleton
are living in Apartment 1A on the grounds
of Kensington Palace, a stone’s throw away
from Harry and Meghan in Nott Cott.
It’s the couple’s second time living in the
Prior to William and Kate’s first stay at
1A, a renovation costing as much as $7.6 million
was needed, since there had been no updates
since the late 1940s.
CNN reported the couple also contributed a
portion of their own money for the upgrade.
Home sweet Clarence House
Now that you know where the Queen and the
most royal of grandkids live, where does that
leave Prince Charles, the one who’s next in
line to the throne?
Much like his mother, he has a few royal residences
he likes to call home.
But Clarence House is his official residence
in London, which he shares with his wife,
Camilla Parker Bowles.
The official royal website explains that although
it has evolved over the past two centuries,
with the addition of Prince Charles’ artwork,
as well as new paint and textiles, much of
the home remains the same.
Even centuries-old furnishings and art collections
have stayed put.
In fact, an original Monet from Queen Elizabeth
the First is still on display, according to
the Crown Chronicles.
Prince Charles’ renovations were, in many
ways, an ode to those who came before him.
Although the library only houses two bookcases,
they are completely filled with books from
George the Sixth, and The Queen Mother.
Prince Charles’ family home
Clarence House is far from Prince Charles’
only abode.
He also resides at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire,
This is the “family home” of Charles and Camilla.
The house also happens to be home to an epic
According to People, the property features
a treehouse which was originally built for
Prince William in the late ’80s.
Landscape writer and artist Bunny Guinness
recalled the prince’s words to the treehouse
designer, telling People young William wanted
it to be,
“As high as possible to get away from everyone.
I want a rope ladder, which I can pull up
so no one can get at me.”
Although William probably doesn’t get much
use out of the treehouse these days, Prince
George and Princess Charlotte can surely enjoy
exploring the garden.
Living it up at St. James’s Palace
St. James’s Palace is home to several members
of the royal family, as well as their household
Sisters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice,
are two of the royal family members who have
resided there.
But, unfortunately for them, they didn’t get
to stay for free as do many of their royal
In 2012, the sisters became ineligible to
live rent-free at the palace because, according
to Express, they completed their education
and did not take on any official royal duties.
Instead, an annual $28,000 bill for the princesses’
four-bedroom apartment got handed over to
their father, Prince Andrew.
This seems a bit like a technicality as they
can certainly afford it, considering Eugenie
grew up with cash that could fund this fully
decked-out playhouse.
But as of May 2018, Eugenie and her fiancé,
wine merchant Jack Brooksbank, have officially
moved into the Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Hillsborough Castle
In 2015, British Heritage sat down with curator
Dr. Christopher Warleigh-Lack to discuss one
of the coolest royal homes: Hillsborough Castle.
The Georgian country home, uh… let’s be
real, the castle, is situated in Northern
Although the Queen doesn’t get around to visiting
every month, Warleigh-Lack says the house
hosts other royal guests at least once per
month, saying,
“Prince Charles was there in May with the
Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Edward was there two weeks ago with
the Countess of Wessex.”
When Edward visited, he was the very first
royal to turn on the new fountain.
Warleigh-Lack explained his plans to hopefully
open the castle to the public and told of
some amazing restorations he helped accomplish,
including renovating the entrance, purchasing
new furniture, and obtaining 12 royal portraits
from the Royal Collection Trust.
Plus, Hillsborough Castle features 90 acres
of gorgeous gardens.
It certainly will be worth a visit.

100 thoughts on “What The Royal Family’s Homes Really Look Like

  1. One in four kids lives in poverty in the UK…and there are thousands of homeless people. This video adequately displays the vulgar inequality…and 'couldn't care less' mentality of these so called 'royals.' It's abnormal.

  2. I really enjoyed the information and would love to go to England someday. Thank you Queen Elizabeth for sharing think information.

  3. The Monet painting was acquired by the Queen Mother. Her name is Elizabeth too. So not Elizabeth I, but Elizabeth Sr.

  4. Ten second in and already the first error. The crown does not own "most" historic property in the U.K.! It owns a tiny fraction. It May own SOME of the most recognisable, but it certainly doesn't own most! The UK has thousands, if not tens of thousands of large, historic houses, castles etc. Suggesting the crown owns most of them is idiotic.

  5. Bahahaha….200+ bedrooms at Windsor, yet that orange idiot trump and his gang of thieves and morons couldn’t stay during their visit due to “renovations”?! Yeeeeah….I don’t think so! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 Can’t blame the Royals – in their shoes, I wouldn’t even allow them to stay in the dog kennels!! 😜😂

  6. wilton,thought ive heard it all you dumbo,buildings should be sold,put folk in,,,,,charge rent,,you are stoooopid,royals cost us £350 million a year,,AND RISING QUICK,,,EDINBURGH ZOO ATTRACTS MORE PEOPLE

  7. These places are all kept up by the people of the UK! Unreal! Do they really deserve this? I think it’s a little much for them to have to pay for all their luxuries!

  8. I saw a documentary years ago where the Queen was seated in her parlor;  it was not at all fancy, there was a lot of clutter you would see at any elder Grandparents home and especially noticeable were 2 space heaters which shows that these old castles are not centrally heated.

  9. Bonjour je vous présente mes sincères respects et toutes mes sincères salutations distinguées et cordiales agréable journée à vous tous et toutes longue vie à la reine Elizabeth 2 des Hautes-Alpes française Jacques Noël FRANCESCHINI ancien réserviste de l'armée de Mer française et souverainiste français l'an 2019 corsica que sainte Bernadette vous protège et vous garde dans sa divinité mes meilleures pensées et prières sentiments dévoués auprès de la famille royale et de sa Majesté la reine Elizabeth 2 🇫🇷🇪🇺⚓️💌💒👍

  10. Got a question for you brits. I love all the royals. Why is it that kate seems to fit right in..shows all the proper respect and appears to do anything to please her husband and his family..yet megan is complete opposite. Is meghan just in love with the title and money? They dont seem happy.

  11. What is the use of big building but homeless poor hungry thirsty everywhere ,Jesus is right ,is easy for the Kamel sneak in a small hole,than the lover of money and gold rich .

  12. Crazy woman narrator.the Royal family have their own choice of dwellings you have yours I have mine .what's the big deal. Get your life in order instead of going after the Royals.

  13. Balmoral Castle is a shabby dump of a place! The royals and rich english own Scotland and sabotaged our referendum in 2014 to stop us going independent. They charge us for expensive permits to fish our own rivers and lochs, charge us a fortune to enter our palaces, and ban us from massive areas of land. Its disgusting the LIES they tell on MSM about our true value of Scotlands wealth, they have stripped Scotland if all its assests and stolen our north sea boundary redrawing it claiming it theirs. They belittle the people of Scotland, humiliate us to other countries by giving them false statements about our MSPs and MPs in Edinburgh and London. They have taken our oil, trying to blackmail us to allow fracking,closed most of our industries,charge our Police Scotland VAT on everything from uniforms,communication devices down to a sheet of paper,while the English police force is VAT FREE! the queen should apologise for her ancestors raping,pilidging and murdering our ancestors and she should hand Scotland back to us with every penny taken from us! This is just a short take on what the sick politicians and government have done to us. 🙏🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  14. When this "queen" Betsy ( no queen for me…only in books with fairy tales to read at toddlers) ) should wear a t- shirt and trousers and had her hair not like the wig of some 18th century lord and no make….she should look like every common elderly woman in the supermarket. She is in fact soooooo mediocre.

  15. Matthew 25 New International Version (NIV)

    The Parable of the Ten Virgins
    25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

    6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

    7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

    9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

    10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

    11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

    12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

    13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

    The Parable of the Bags of Gold
    14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

    19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

    21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

    22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

    23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

    24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

    26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

    28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    The Sheep and the Goats
    31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

    34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


  16. Castle hopping royals? It was Henry VI (his later years) thru Henry VII to young Henry VIII who delighted in living from castle to castle. It was an easy way to spread out the enormous cost of maintaining a royal court. But the very first King of England of coarse was King William I in 1066 who was a traveling monarch.

  17. You guys are theives! Your commiting genocide stealing from indigenious people. You orchestrated my life. Ordered I have no kids no husband. You wanted me alone. I could've had a family you do this to a lot of Americans no one should worship your shitty family.

  18. 33 trillion dollars are what her properties are worth.  And that demon family keeps taking money from the taxpayers.

  19. So they have all this non essential crap and yet their stealing 1.some million dollars of american taxpayers hard earned money to remodel frogmore for Meghan and her spoiled husband! Absolute abomination!!!!

  20. "Despicable Me Me" and "Jester Man are only openly showing what has always gone on behind palace doors in secrecy for……ever! The entire stinking RF are cockroaches scurrying around behind walls, well past time since the rest of the UK turned on the lights and brought in pest control. NO MORE MONARCHY – Free the people! BRING DOWN THE BALCONY!!!

  21. THERE is no way in HELL that ER I owned an original Monet. Did you mean Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother? She was NOT queen regnant; she was queen consort and, as such, gets no numeral after her name. Jeez–can't you bother to check your facts before blathering??? ER I died 230 years before Monet was born.

    ELIZABETH I–Born 7 September 1533
    Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, England
    Died 24 March 1603 (aged 69)
    Richmond Palace, SUrrey, England

    CLAUDE MONET–Born: Oscar-Claude Monet
    14 November 1840
    Paris, France
    Died 5 December 1926 (aged 86)
    Giverny, France

  22. Monet wasn't alive when Queen Elizabeth I was alive. Monet born 14 November 1840 – Died 5 December 1926. Queen Elizabeth I Born September 1533 – died 24 March 1603.

  23. They all can have this earthly riches but I rather have my riches in heaven and these ppl have stolen everything from identities from other nations land grab money grab but YHWH will deal with these elites totals and shadow gov't believe that

  24. When this idiot talks about the Monet that was given to the Queen in a will, they are talking about Queen Elizabeth the Queens Mother and not Queen Elizabeth 1st the Tudor Queen.

  25. Во Имя БОГА, Любимого. Слава БОГУ, Милостивому. БОГ один, нет божества другого. БОГ владеет Великим Троном. ОН прощает кого пожелает, и подвергает мукам как пожелает. Бойтесь БОГА, повинуйтесь Мне Пророку. Ведь победу и поражение всем осуждает БОГ. Дает и облик соответствующий.

    БОГ Велик, ОН поступает как пожелает. Никто не спросит БОГА за содеянное, а ОН будет судить. БОГ сотворил Земли, Небеса, и вас из глины. Дал душу, жизнь и пропитание. Будьте покорны, благодарите, и не смейте пререкаться с ТВОРЦОМ. Меня Пророка почитайте. БОГ суров к врагам. Пророк Камил.

  26. Royal Farts that fooled the world by claims the British empire rules the world, read Chamberlain's letters to the USA gov begging for help against Hitler. UK was an empire in Jamaica, ai ai, and using T May's lousy pussy backfired ai ai, using lousy pussy T May to fool the world by the British empire backfired

  27. Absolute bollocks in the first sentence….The alleged royals DO NOT OWN these historic properties. The people do.

  28. Quick and Dirty? A ruling class was important hundreds of years ago when the UK was in it's infancy. The world was both much bigger AND much smaller and the UK, like other emerging civilized countries, needed to protect it's boundaries and emerging culture (commerce, trade, safety, etc). To ensure their "common vision" would have a chance at success and to ensure "the word got out" a smaller partisan took control. Who knows? The first "king" may have become ruler after winning a triathlon of arm wrestling, arrow shooting and a lance battle competition. However they were chosen, these "kings " (and some queens) actually fought and led their soldiers.
    A thousand years later? They sit back on their lily white talcum powdered arses farting into expensive trousers and dresses. Instead of leading the charge they huddle behind expensive security, cut a ribbon or two, give a small, banal speech, lie, lie, lie and have turned into a bloated and self serving "ruling class". They hold the "common people" in thrall and have zero intention of letting you take away their "Birthright". They will not accept the pure fact that they are NOT essential to THIS world, THIS time. I wish I could invent a time machine that would send them all back 1,000 years so they could PROVE their worth…they'd last all of a day as would any of us. We live in a work-a-day world and so should they. Good at cutting ribbons? Become a seamstress. Good at yachting? Become a fisherwoman/ man. Good at speeches? Become a teacher etc. It is well overdue that the British Monarchy be dismantled. Call themselves THE FIRM? Generally that implies that there is a phone number, email / social media leading to a voice and /or sidewalk and door that Joe and Jane Q Public can walk in, ask for a service and have it delivered. The " ROYAL FIRM" is a labyrinthine, serpentine maze – closed off from everything but it's own self serving desires. BRING DOWN THE BALCONY AND TERMINATE THE MONARCHY.

  29. What is it with Americans? Don’t they study history except their own? The ignorance is astounding! How awful to know so little outside of there own country.

  30. How can u call a KNOWN satanic Child Trafficking ,Murdering , Pedophilic family king or queen. Lets not forget the 10 Children Betty and Philip took from Canada from a Native school in 1964 , NEVER to be seen again. Or the young Lad a few years back videoed by 2 girls watching him climb NAKED out a third floor window on sheets tied together from the palace there in England. Where are these people and why is everyone acting like none of this happened and they are Special and should be revered and their CRIMES Not talked about…. Scuse me But those CRIMES deserve HANGING, Not Praising.Sorry. PS Remember they are all a Big part of Epstein's Big Black Book .Oh My My !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more hiding

  31. When you mentioned the Monet being owned by Queen Elizabeth I could you possibly mean Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother? QE I lived centuries before Monet.

  32. I don't understand why some people in this world have everything and some others do not have even some food to eat….why are these people kings and Prince and princess while some others may die in the streets hungry and helpless….what a shame….at least when we die we are all equal….proving that our God Christ, is justice.

  33. Meghan and harry didn’t pay for that flight it was a gift from sir Elton John. You guys are always lying and staring fake news

  34. People think the United States of America is an arrogant country. There is no comparison to England with the difference in the social classes.

  35. This is so cool, I am laughing so hard. Thank you for the video and the photo cover on link before clicking play.
    This is Amazing!!!

  36. In your very first statement you're wrong. Most historic properties in the UK belong to the state. Props, tho', for getting most of the pronunciation pretty correct.

  37. So they literally have no homes. I expected lavish homes for all but Even William and Kate lives in that apartment?! Let alone other royal members, they had to pay rent and now lives in normal people apartments. Wow

  38. Oh, who cares? I really wish people would stop glorifying these people and putting them on a pedestal they do not belong on!

  39. The castles speak loudly that how inhumane, brute, and uncivilized British rulers and elite class was? They were living in opulent palaces and the poor were living in slums with misery, hunger and abject poverty.

  40. "…an original Monet owned by Queen Elizabeth I"….how ignorant can you be? Elizabeth I dies in 1603; Monet wasn't born until 1840.

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