The Royal Family confirmed at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 8, 2022, that Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.
The Queen’s summer home, Balmoral Castle, is situated in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, about 50 miles west of Aberdeen.
According to Perthnow, an Australian website, the Queen reputedly adored the expansive, 50,000-acre Balmoral and referred to it as her “heaven in the highlands.”
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According to the outlet, Tony Blair, a former British prime minister, and his wife Cherie were asked to stay at Balmoral with the royal family in 1998.
Later, according to Blair, the Queen scrubbed her own supper plates while Prince Philip manned the grill.
Perthnow reported that the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie described her grandmother’s vacation property as “the most beautiful location in the world.”
According to reports, the little royal stated, “I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really likes the Highlands.”
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The official Balmoral website states that the royal family has owned the estate since February 1848.
Before any of them visited the estate, Prince Albert originally bought it as a gift for his wife, Queen Victoria.
According to the website, the formal sale of the estate to the royal family was completed four years later, in 1852.
The website claims that despite Queen Victoria’s alleged fondness for the estate, it soon became clear that the current structures were inadequate.
Soon after Prince Albert bought the site, building on a new, larger castle house began; it was completed in 1856.