A Look at All of Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Homes
When you're born a princess, where you live is not average. Seriously, even your playhouse is life-size. And if there's one thing we learned from all of the Queen's residences, it's that life only becomes more grand when you're the monarch of the United Kingdom.
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Back on April 21, 1926, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in the home of her maternal grandparents. Sadly, the house no longer exists, but the site is still known as a historical landmark.
As the London residence and headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, this is the palace where the Queen primarily lives today. It's also where the Queen was baptized as a baby.
After the Queen's birth, she moved to this townhouse located near Hyde Park Corner in London. It was considered a relatively modest home for the time — even though it boasted 26 bedrooms.
During World War II, Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, moved to Windsor Castle in the county of Berkshire for their safety. Today, it's the Queen's preferred weekend home.
THE WELSH HOUSE
On the grounds of Windsor Castle is Y Bwthyn Bach (a.k.a. "The Little Cottage" in Welsh). This playhouse was a gift to Princess Elizabeth and Margaret from the people of Wales in 1931.
When Elizabeth was a little girl, she used to stay at this country house, which belonged to her grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, Claude and Cecilia Bowes Lyon. It was quite convenient, as it's only 22 miles from London.
When the Queen was a child, her parents would take her and her sister here on vacation. It's located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and also served as a summerhouse for Elizabeth and Prince Philip early on in their marriage.
Even though this townhouse in Valletta, Malta has since fallen into disrepair, it once was the home of the Queen and Philip while he was serving as a Royal Navy officer. Interestingly enough, it's also the only permanent home the Queen has lived in outside of the U.K.
PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE
Every year since the Queen started her rule, she has visited Edinburgh during Holyrood Week and when she makes the journey to Scotland, she stays in this palace.
This home is located in The Mall in the City of Westminster and was given to Elizabeth and Philip after World War II. But after the death of King George VI, the couple moved out and Elizabeth's mother and sister moved in.
Since 1853, this estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland has been owned by the British Royal Family (not the crown). It's a favorite vacation home for the Queen, who was actually in this castle when she found out about the death of Princess Diana.
When the Queen or other British Royal Family members visit Ireland, they stay in this castle located in the village of Hillsborough. It's also where the Secretary of State's annual Garden Party takes place — and we can see why.
This private country estate in Norfolk, England is where the Queen escapes when she needs a little peace and quiet. There are other homes on the property (including Amner Hall!) and the church on this property is where Princess Charlotte was christened.
From: House Beautiful
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.