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BALMORAL CASTLE ON THE BANKS OF THE DEE: A ROYAL RESIDENCE AMID THE WOODS AND HEATHER

BALMORAL CASTLE ON THE BANKS OF THE DEE: A ROYAL RESIDENCE AMID THE WOODS AND HEATHER

It is largely to the Prince Consort that Balmoral owes the luxuriantly wooded slopes that encircle it, for when the Prince bought the estate from the Earl of Fife in 1852, he saw to it that the hillsides should be freely planted with conifers and forest trees. He had also a hand in the design of the castle itself, of which William Smith, of Aberdeen, was the official architect. Built of white granite, this is in the Scottish baronial style, though there is a distinct suggestion of the Rhineland in the turrets of the central block. Queen Victoria, who passed a great deal of her later life here, bequeathed the property as a royal residence to her successors in perpetuity.

Other pictures from Historic Homes of Scotland

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BLAIR CASTLE, SEAT OF THE ATHOLLS, AND BEMERSYDE OF THE HAIGS

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