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Some of the most Impressive and Iconic Royal Residences

Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming Jubilee celebrating an unprecedented 70 years in service got us thinking about some of the amazing buildings and estates that make up the Royal Residences. We at Maxwell Stephens have had the privilege of working with the Royal Household on a range of recruitment campaigns, and have even had the pleasure of visiting a number of these remarkable estates. Here we take a look at some of the most iconic Royal Residences…

Buckingham Palace

We’ll start with what is perhaps the most well-known of all the Royal Residences, Buckingham Palace. Located deep in the heart of the capital, Buckingham Palace has served as the official residence of the British Sovereign since 1837. It has an impressive of 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.

Windsor Castle

Built in 1070, Windsor Castle is the oldest and biggest inhabited castle in the entire world! The location of Windsor Castle was very deliberate at the time of its design, with it being one day’s march from the Tower of London, as well as being ideally situated to defend the capital from western approaches. The castle and grounds span 13 acres and it boasts over 1000 rooms!

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where Queen Elizabeth II spends her summer holiday, is widely thought to be the monarch’s favourite residence. Balmoral was purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852, however it was deemed too small for a royal family and Prince Albert decided to build a bigger version adjacent to the original. The new structure was completed in 1856, and the other building was torn down. Now, the 50,000-acre estate features 150 buildings in total.

Sandringham Estate

From its tidal mudflats and fruit farms, to the the famous museum and gardens, Sandringham is a varied estate that has been used for many royal occasions throughout its lifetime, and is best known as the home where the Windsors spend their Christmases. Acquired in 1862, the Sandringham Estate covers a whopping 20,000 acres of land, with more than 200 people make their living from the estate, including gamekeepers, gardeners, farmers, as well as workers for Sandringham’s sawmill and its apple juice pressing plant.

Kensington Palace

Birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years, Kensington Palace today is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, and their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte. Kensington Palace also contains many public and private apartments and residences within the building and its grounds. The palace houses fifty total residents, aside from royals, it also hosts members of the military, courtiers, staff, and citizens

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