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30 Stunning Places Royals Have Vacationed

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Being a member of a royal family means traveling the world and meeting people from all cultures as part of official state tours. So when we tell you that these are the destinations royals choose to visit on their own, you know they are fabulous.

KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND


Before Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, were married, they took several ski trips to Klosters, Switzerland together — a destination Will grew up going to with his family. In fact, it was on a trip here that Will first publicly kissed Kate.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS


Princess Margaret and her ex-husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones the Earl of Snowdon, visited Nassau together in March of 1967. Since the couple took a six-week-long cruise through the Caribbean aboard the royal yacht Britannia for their honeymoon in 1960, it's safe to say the couple was a fan of their destination.

SURREY, U.K.


The Duke and Duchess of York (who would later become King George VI and the Queen Mother) honeymooned at Polesden Lacey, a manor house in Surrey. Here they are seen taking a walk on the 1923 trip. Afterwards, they traveled to Scotland, where Elizabeth caught the "unromantic" whooping cough.

GIBRALTAR


Prince Charles and Diana, the Princess of Wales, took a cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia for their honeymoon in July of 1981, starting at Gibraltar. It would later be revealed in letters from Diana that she "caught up on sleep" during their trip.

ADRIATIC SEA


In October of 1936, Edward VIII and his future wife, Mrs. Wallis Simpson, took a cruise in the Adriatic Sea. This was before the couple's romance became widely known, and before Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis.

THE AZORES, PORTUGAL


Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, the Duchess of York, followed the lead of many royal couples and also took their honeymoon on the royal yacht Britannia in 1986 to the Azores (a region of Portugal). Sadly, the couple divorced 10 years later in 1996.

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BALMORAL, SCOTLAND


One of the most common places the English royal family escapes to during downtime is Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, which was built in 1856 as a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. Here, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are seen celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in November of 1972.

ISLAND OF NECKER, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS


Princess Diana visited this island, which is owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, in 1990 for New Year's with 7-year-old Prince William and 5-year-old Prince Harry. Branson has hosted many famous people over the years, including the Obamas.

MUSTIQUE, SAINT VINCENT


Princess Margaret was given land on this Caribbean island as a wedding gift from Colin Tennant in the 1960s and built her own private villa on it. She proceeded to visit twice every year for three decades and would invite family to join, as evident here by Queen Elizabeth II visiting in 1977.

MIAMI, FLORIDA


Princess Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary of Iran visited Miami in 1955 and is seen here walking down a street with her dog. It was on this same trip that she was photographed wearing a bikini while water-skiing, which became a major controversy in Iran, as some thought it was immoral.

LECH, AUSTRIA


Even though Prince Charles prefers Klosters for skiing, Princess Diana refused to go back after a friend was killed in an avalanche there in 1988. Here, Diana is spotted on a ski holiday in Lech in April of 1993, which became her new go-to destination.

HAYAMA, JAPAN


Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko took their honeymoon in this beach town in April of 1959. Their wedding marked the first time Japan's crown prince married a non-royal in over 2,600 years.

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND


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Despite being divorced, Prince Andrew and Sarah went skiing in Verbier with their two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, in February of 1999. The family continues to vacation here. In fact, Eugenie met her fiancee, Jack Brooksbank, while visiting this ski town.

HURGHADA, EGYPT


While Gibraltar was the first stop on Prince Charles and Princess Diana's honeymoon, this was the last. Here, the former couple is seen in August of 1981 on their way to Hurghada International Airport in Egypt before flying back to Britain at the end of their trip.

SCHOENRIED, SWITZERLAND


On New Year's Eve of 1965, Princess Grace of Monaco went on a vacation with her children, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline, at the Swiss resort of Schoenried in the Swiss Alps. Even her snow gear shows why she was known as a fashion icon.

MAJORCA, SPAIN


In August of 1987, Prince Charles and the rest of his family accepted an invitation from King Juan Carlos of Spain to stay at Marivent Palace. The two families are seen here posing for photos on the steps of the property, which is located on the popular island of Majorca on a clifftop overlooking the capital of Palma.

MALTA


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (then, known as Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh) spent their honeymoon in Malta, where he was stationed with the Royal Navy in 1947. Here, the happy couple is seen taking a walk together.

ISLAND OF NEVIS, THE CARIBBEAN


After Princess Diana and Prince Charles split up, the Island of Nevis hosted the first vacation Princes Will and Harry took with their newly-single mother for the New Year in 1993. They stayed at the Montelier Plantation Inn.

TAVARNELLE, ITALY


Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Amalia, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Willem Alexander, and Princess Alexia are seen here on the grounds of their Italian summer residence in July of 2006 in Tavarnelle, Italy.

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ATHENS, GREECE


In September of 1963, Princess Margaret and her then-husband, Antony, went on a holiday to Athens, Greece so they could see the Acropolis. Despite the hike to the top, these two still dressed to the nines for the occasion.

ST. TROPEZ, FRANCE


In July of 1997, Princess Diana and her sons went to the south of France with Dodi Al Fayed. A little more than a month after this trip, Diana and Fayed were killed in a car crash in Paris, France on August 31, 1997.

FORTE DEI MARMI, ITALY


Princess Paola of Belgium (later Queen Paola of Belgium) is seen here with Princess Astrid on a family holiday on the beach at Forte dei Marmi, Italy in August of 1964.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA


Prince Charles has fondly recalled his early morning swims at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Australia in April of 1983 in the past. It was here that a model named Jane Priest famously kissed Charles on the cheek during one of these swims.

OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY


Back in 1978, Princess Grace of Monaco and her daughter, Princess Caroline, took a walk along the beach in New Jersey. Since Grace was born in nearby Philadelphia, she and her children would spend their summers at her family's Ocean City, New Jersey home.

COSTA SMERALDA, ITALY


Princess Margaret vacationed on the most northern stretch of coast on the Italian island of Sardinia in the 1960s, which was developed by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. Sadly, this is also where Princess Diana spent her last summer holiday.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA


After Pippa Middleton (Kate's sister) and her husband, James Matthews, were married in May of 2017, the pair jetted off to Australia for their honeymoon. Here they're seen minutes after arriving at Rose Bay Wharf by seaplane in May.

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK


Archduke Charles Louis of Austria and his wife, Princess Yolande de Ligne, took their honeymoon in New York City at the end of January in 1950. Clearly, the couple wasn't about to let cold temperatures prevent them from looking stylish.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA


For Prince William and Harry's first time in the United StatesPrincess Diana took them to Walt Disney World. They stayed at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and were photographed riding the log flume ride.

SKAGEN, DENMARK


Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Mary of Denmark like to spend their summer vacation in the northernmost town on the Jutland coast. It's a tiny fishing port known for having picturesque landscapes.

MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA


Princess Caroline of Monaco and her first husband, Philippe Junot, went to Moorea to celebrate their honeymoon in 1978. This South Pacific island offered sun, sand, and privacy for the famous couple.

From: House Beautiful US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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