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Does the Royal Family actually live in Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace is one of the biggest tourist attractions in London, but you can’t see the royal family in every visit so, where do they live?

Buckingham Palace is one of the biggest tourist attractions in London, with more than 50,000 tourists visiting it each year. While visitors can’t see the whole palace, the tours offer a good view of it.

For important events of the Royal Family, like weddings and coronations, the balcony of the palace is used to let people see and greet them.

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But where does the Royal Family live?

All the palaces, castles, and houses occupied by members of the British royal family are part of the British royal residencies.

Their ownership depends on different factors, but they could be owned by the British monarch by virtue of his or her position as king or queen, others are personally owned and passed down for generations.

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Some of the buildings are no longer residences but are taken care of by the group. Others are used irregularly for royal occasions.

Here are some of the most well-known:

Queen Elizabeth

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837, currently working as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. However, it is not property of the Queen, but rather the British Crown.

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It has 775 rooms: 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.

Queen Elizabeth used to work in Buckingham Palace during the week and go to Windsor Castle on the weekends. But in March 2020, she moved to Windsor full-time and now resides there permanently.

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The palace is often the focal point for significant national celebrations and commemorations.

Windsor Castle

Located in Berkshire, it has over 1,000 rooms. With the property working as a home and fortress for over 900 years, Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world.

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Every year the Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month over Easter (March – April), known as Easter Court. During this time, the Queen hosts occasional “dine and sleeps” events for guests, including politicians and public figures and presides over Investiture ceremonies throughout the year.

During June, the Queen takes residence for a week, where she attends the service of the Order of the Garter and the Royal Ascot race meeting.

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It is also where Prince Philip is buried.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Clarence House

Originally built in 1825 and located on The Mall in the City of Westminster, London, it was home to the late Queen Mother before her death in 2002. After the wedding of Charles and Camilla in 2005, they spend most of their time at Clarence House.

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The house is open to visitors for approximately one month each summer, generally in August.

It has gone through extensive remodeling and reconstruction, especially after being damaged during the Second World War with The Blitz. Little remains of the original structure was designed by John Nash (a British architect of the Georgian and Regency eras).

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Highgrove House

Located southwest of Tetbury in Gloucestershire, England, it was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall. After which it was remodeled with neo-classical additions in 1987.

The gardens at Highgrove have been open to the public since 1996. They were designed by Prince Charles in consultation with Rosemary Verey, gardener, and Miriam Rothschild, naturalist. Since then, they have received more than 30,000 visitors a year.

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The house is frequently the place for hosting charitable events.

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, reside in Kensington Palace Apartment 1A.

Located in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington, and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British royal family since the 17th century.

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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also reside here.

Details of their main home are private, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, a nonprofit organization that does not receive public funding.

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There are many more properties and buildings of the British royal family, tell us if you’d like to learn more about them.

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