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Birkhall
Birkhall
(BerkHA; from the Scots Birk Hauch: " Birch
Birch
River-meadow")[1] is a 53,000 acre (210 km²) estate on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.[2] It is located alongside the River Muick
River Muick
to the southwest of Ballater.[3] History[edit] The property was built in 1715.[3] The property was acquired from the Gordon family (owners of the Abergeldie estate) who had acquired it from the Farquharsone family. Birkhall
Birkhall
was acquired by Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, as part of the Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle
estate in 1849 and given to his eldest son, Edward, Prince of Wales. Victoria bought Birkhall
Birkhall
back to provide accommodation for her staff and extended family in 1884; Edward had only visited Birkhall
Birkhall
once as he preferred the larger Abergeldie Castle.[4] Birkhall
Birkhall
was occupied by Dighton Probyn, Keeper of the Privy Purse
Keeper of the Privy Purse
to Edward VII
Edward VII
and Comptroller to Queen Alexandra in the late 19th century.[5] King George V lent Birkhall
Birkhall
in the 1930s to the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI
George VI
and Queen Elizabeth) who holidayed here with their children, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The house was redecorated by the Yorks who also replanted the gardens. The Yorks ascended to the throne in 1936, and the new King and Queen occupied Balmoral while Princess Elizabeth, her husband Prince Philip, and their children occupied Birkhall
Birkhall
during the late Summer season.[4] Birkhall
Birkhall
was inherited by Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, upon her death in 2002.[2][3] He also spent his second honeymoon here in 2005 with the Duchess of Cornwall. In 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated New Year's Eve here.[6] A fine wire suspension bridge erected in 1880 by John Harper crosses the River Muick
River Muick
here. See also[edit]

Highgrove House, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, the family residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Clarence House, in St James's, London, the official residence of the Prince of Wales Llwynywermod, a house in Carmarthenshire, Wales, owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

References[edit]

^ Place-Names of the Cairngorms National Park, Cairngorms National Park Authority ^ a b "Birkhall". The Prince of Wales. Retrieved 2 February 2012.  ^ a b c "Royal retreat for grieving prince". BBC News. 10 April 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2012.  ^ a b "Birkhall, Balmoral estate, Aberdeenshire". Country Life. Country Life. Retrieved 26 November 2014.  ^ William Shawcross (2009). Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother : the Official Biography. Macmillan. p. 310. ISBN 978-1-4050-4859-0.  ^ Corneau, Allison (31 December 2011). "Prince Harry Has Snowball Fight with Pal in Switzerland". US Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 

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Royal palaces and residences in the United Kingdom

Occupied

Bagshot Park Balmoral Castle, Birkhall
Birkhall
& Craigowan Lodge Buckingham Palace Gatcombe Park Highgrove House Hillsborough Castle Holyrood Palace St James's Palace
St James's Palace
& Clarence House Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
& Wren House Llwynywermod Sandringham House, Anmer Hall
Anmer Hall
& Wood Farm Tamarisk (Isles of Scilly) Thatched House Lodge Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
& Royal Lodge, Windsor

Historical principal royal residences

St James's Palace Hampton Court Palace Tower of London Windsor Castle

Historical

Abergeldie Castle Albany (London) Allerton Castle Audley End House Palace of Beaulieu Barnwell Manor Beaumont Palace Fort Belvedere, Windsor Bentley Priory Berkhamsted Castle Birch
Birch
Hall, Surrey Brantridge Park Bridewell Palace Brill Palace Bushy House Cadzow Castle Caernarfon Castle Cambridge Cottage, Kew Cambridge House Carisbrooke Castle Carlton House Castle Hill Lodge, Ealing Castlewood House, Surrey Chelsea Manor Chevening Chideock Manor Chiswick House Christ Church, Oxford Claremont Clarendon Palace Cliveden Coombe Abbey Coppins Crocker End House Crosby Hall, London Cumberland Cottage Cumberland House Cumberland Lodge Delnadamph Lodge Dolphin Square Doune Castle Dover House Dublin Castle Dunfermline Palace Eastwell Park Edinburgh Castle Eltham Palace Falkland Palace Frogmore House Gloucester House Gloucester House, London Gloucester Lodge Gunnersbury Park Hampton Court Palace Hanworth Manor Hatfield House Havering Palace Ingestre House Kent House (Isle of Wight) Kew House (Isle of Wight) Kew Palace Kingsbourne House King's House, Winchester Kings Langley Palace Lancaster House Leeds Castle Leicester Square Les Jolies Eaux Linlithgow Palace Tower of London Marlborough House Montagu House Castle of Mey Nether Lypiatt Manor Nonsuch Palace Norfolk House Oak Grove House Oatlands Palace Oatlands Park Osborne Cottage Osborne House Palace of Placentia Queen Charlotte's Cottage, Kew Queen's House Ranger's House Ribsden Holt Richmond Palace
Richmond Palace
& White Lodge Romenda Lodge Royal City of Dublin Hospital Royal Pavilion, Aldershot Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sagana Lodge Savile House Savoy Palace Schomberg House Somerset House Stirling Castle Sunninghill Park Sussex House The More Theobalds Palace Villa Guardamangia Walmer Castle Palace of Westminster Palace of Whitehall
Palace of Whitehall
& the Banqueting House Windlesham Moor Witley Court Woodstock Palace York Cottage, Sandringham York House, St James's Palace

Coordinates: 57°01′43″N 3°04′26″W / 57.0287°N 3.0740°W / 57.0287; -3.0740

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