Jeremy Musson, a journalist specializing in English country houses, agrees with Hugo Vickers: “The King is crazy about this place, so I think Buckingham Palace will be primarily used for official events. And perhaps even more will be open to the public, especially since the king is in favor of streamlining the monarchy. »
Balmoral Castle in Scotland was the late Queen’s favorite residence. There she accepted Prince Philip’s marriage proposal, spent numerous summer holidays and eventually died. However, the property could be “surrender to the nation”, according to Hugo Vickers, who specifies that his opinion is purely speculative. Because unlike Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, Balmoral has been a private family residence since 1852, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought it. Vickers thinks it would be good to turn the whole castle into a museum dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II – given her passion for the place – as well as her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. “That would be really fascinating. I would definitely go check it out”, he says of the musealized Balmoral. Currently, he points out, only certain parts of the castle, such as the stables and ballroom, are open at different times of the year, which could disappoint some tourists who make the long journey to Aberdeenshire there.
When the Queen Mother died in 2002, Charles inherited Birkhall, a relatively modest early 18th-century country house.e century located on the Balmoral estate. Hugo Vickers expects the monarch to keep this holiday spot, given his fondness for the place. As well as his Welsh country house at Llwynywermod and his country residence at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, where the King has lived and gardened part-time since 1980. Both properties are owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, a private trust that provides for the Prince of Wales (now Prince William) of rather small wealth. The king, who also owns a residence in rural Transylvania, once said: “I am proud to be Hungarian in 1/32e. » However, warns Jeremy Musson, many observers expect the cash-strapped crown prince to examine the fate of these various residences without too much delay.