A Complete Guide To All Of Queen Elizabeth's Many Homes
In true royal fashion, Queen Elizabeth II has a home for just about every occasion—some of these properties come with the title, while others came from inheritance. Take a look at the Queen’s 6 royal and private dwellings.
1. The Headquarters: Buckingham Palace
Crown-owned, the palace—located in the City of Westminster—belongs to the ruling monarch at the time, a tradition that dates back to 1837. It has a total of 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Visitors can actually tour a number of the state rooms inside the palace during specific times of the year.
The Queen moved here first with her sister, Margaret, during WWII for safety reasons. Today, the Queen frequents this location on weekends, and it serves as a country home of sorts. As with Buckingham Palace, Windsor is home to Queen Elizabeth as long as she is ruling monarch. It spans 13 acres and boasts 1,000 rooms, making it the largest occupied castle in the world.
3. The Scottish Residence: Holyrood Palace
The Edinburgh palace is where the Queen stays during her visits to Scotland, typically the first week of the summer. It was originally founded as a monastery in 1128.
As with the palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen dwells in Hillsborough during her visits to northern Ireland. It is also the official residence of Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State. Built in the 1770s, the home is surrounded by 100 acres of lush green gardens.