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« Reply #60 on: October 14, 2017, 01:53:19 am »

Westenhanger Castle was located in Kent England. It was owned by King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. 
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« Reply #61 on: November 22, 2017, 12:34:37 am »

Mailath Castle is in northern Slovania in Croatia.   
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« Reply #62 on: November 27, 2017, 01:46:22 am »

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is in Scotland. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to use the dining room that is now known as the Royal Dining Room. 
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« Reply #63 on: December 14, 2017, 10:55:03 pm »

The Chateau de Chambord is in the Loire Valley of France. It was built to serve as a hunting lodge for King Francis I.
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« Reply #64 on: December 28, 2017, 12:32:00 am »

Konopiste Castle is the castle which Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria purchased for his residence. 
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« Reply #65 on: December 28, 2017, 10:20:27 pm »

What does Christmas look like in the British Royal Palaces?   
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« Reply #66 on: January 10, 2018, 10:17:05 pm »

Schwerin Castle had been the ducal residence of the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The five-wing castle owes its current appearance to Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II.   
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« Reply #67 on: January 23, 2018, 10:06:04 pm »

Kew Palace in England has a chamber organ. The chamber organ is located in the dining room.   
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« Reply #68 on: January 29, 2018, 10:16:25 pm »

The Royal Palace of Madrid is Madrid, Spain's largest building.   
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« Reply #69 on: February 11, 2018, 01:09:21 am »

Esztergom Castle is located at the northern border of Hungary.   
Prince Geza made Esztergom a royal seat. His son Stephen was born here. Stephen became the first King of Hungary.
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« Reply #70 on: February 26, 2018, 11:23:34 pm »

In 1838 King Ferdinand II of Portugal built the Pena Palace near Sintra, Portugal.   
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« Reply #71 on: March 12, 2018, 09:45:08 pm »

Gripsholm Castle is a castle in Mariefred, Sweden. King Gustav I had it constructed.   
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« Reply #72 on: March 20, 2018, 09:47:54 pm »

After the March 31, 1661 marriage of Philippe de France, duc d'Orleans and Henriette Anne of England, the Palais-Royal became the main residence of the House of Orleans.   
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« Reply #73 on: March 22, 2018, 10:10:01 pm »

Breda Castle is located in north Brabant, The Netherlands. Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda changed the castle into a Renaissance palace in 1536.   
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« Reply #74 on: March 23, 2018, 09:50:06 pm »

The Yusupov Palace is a palace located in the town of Koreiz, near Yalta in Crimea in Russia. It was built for Prince Felix Yusupov-Sourmorokov-Elston.     
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« Reply #75 on: March 27, 2018, 10:18:02 pm »

In 1871 the Quirinal Palace became the official residence of the Kings of Italy.   
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« Reply #76 on: March 31, 2018, 10:38:45 pm »

Burg Freundsberg is a castle in Tyrol, Austria. In 1467 the castle was purchased by Archduke Sigismund of Austria. He ruled over Upper Austria and the County of Tyrol.   
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« Reply #77 on: April 02, 2018, 10:15:23 pm »

Darlowo Castle is located in Darlowo, Poland. The castle's construction began in 1352 in the reign of Boguslaw V, a Duke of Pomerania.   
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« Reply #78 on: April 04, 2018, 05:25:26 pm »

I've my often heard, whether it is true or not, that the BRF don't particularly like staying in some palaces, like Holyrood Palace in Scotland. That they find it cold and austere.

Is this true or just an old wives' tale please?

Also wouldn't they refurbish residences they don't like, not to destroy their history, but to make them more welcoming places? They've done it with Windsor Castle, haven't they?

And are there other places they don't like living in that much?

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« Reply #79 on: April 04, 2018, 06:53:55 pm »

The royal family don't really 'live' in Holyrood House in Scotland. The building is a symbol of Scottish history and Scottish monarchy, more than a home and it's been that way for centuries. It's a beautiful old building but nowadays it is only used by the Queen and occasionally others for certain ceremonial occasions in Scotland. Holyrood is also a popular tourist attraction, so I don't think it would be suitable as a family home anyway.

The Queen dearly loves Balmoral, her home in Scotland, and Charles feels the same way about Birkhall. These are private homes in Scotland and the BRF treats them and the estates surrounding them as such. The Queen likes Sandringham, as it reminds her of the past, of her father and grandparents and all sorts of family occasions. William and Harry shoot at Sandringham but Charles isn't particularly interested, as he has Highgrove as his primary country home. In his reign Xmas might be celebrated at Windsor. The castle is also a favourite of the Queen's.

The one building no-one appears fond of in the BRF is Buckingham Palace. That's been so since the days of young Victoria and Albert, who complained about inconvenient rooms and bad drains. Nowadays BP has many offices connected to the Crown and Commonwealth inside, and it's apparently felt by the Queen that it's like living 'over the shop'.

Of course it's essential for the family as it is in central London. However, it is not easy to heat, costs a lot to maintain and has small flats on the upper stories among echoing passages for those members of the family, Edward, Andrew, Anne etc who have engagements in London and need to stay there overnight or for a few hours. In other words, it's quite a hodge podge of a building, and I'd say that's the least favourite of the buildings used by the BRF.
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