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Old 08-10-2017, 07:32 PM
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[] - the difference when William is King is that unlike the Queen and Philip William & Kate and their generation take holidays overseas. The Queen doesn't so Balmoral is the closest thing she gets to a holiday. Whilst William will likely have to move out of BP (if indeed he ever lives their full time) he could easily move around where they go to - Sandringham, Windsor etc and take holidays overseas. Whatever happens if the children are still in school when William is King the dates will have to change somewhat - the Queen arrives in August and stays until October I think whereas the school holidays are July-September (which is btw the midge season in Scotland)
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:43 AM
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Little time there as possible- only 4 years at University and yearly Balmoral trips with his family since his marriage. Holyrood is open to the public too.
His trips to Balmoral have been for weekends only - one weekend a year - almost a duty visit and that is all.

We know this because they are often seen somewhere else within a few days of arriving in Scotland - pictures of them arriving there and then two or three days pictures of them somewhere else.

Having gone to university there doesn't mean he really likes the place - it was the university he gained the grades to enable him to get in on merit. He didn't want a repeat of his father and Uncle Edward, both of whom, went to Cambridge on their names and not on their marks.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:39 AM
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I think once William is monarch and has absolute control of Balmoral he'll make extensive use of it for summer holidays, even if the big castle is a museum at that point. Privacy is a precious commodity for him and Balmoral provides that.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:49 AM
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But so does the vast estate at Sandringham. There's no evidence really that either William or Kate are in love with Balmoral, Birkhall or the Scottish climate. In fact, as Pippa's husband James manages a fairly isolated hotel complex up in the Highlands, they might go there sometimes instead if they choose to holiday in Scotland for any length of time, always supposing that the Matthews family still owns the estate then.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:12 AM
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Seeing as H.M.is in residence : All You Need to Know About Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish Summer Castle!

Balmoral: All You Need to Know About the Queen’s Scottish Summer Castle - Vogue
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:09 PM
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Seeing as H.M.is in residence : All You Need to Know About Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish Summer Castle!

Balmoral: All You Need to Know About the Queen’s Scottish Summer Castle - Vogue
That seems a very American take on Balmoral. Elise Taylor is the scrib - and I cannot find a c.v. for her. hrrumph.
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Old 08-31-2017, 01:20 AM
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New documentary about Balmoral

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Old 09-03-2017, 06:09 PM
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It would be nice for William to spend more time at Balmoral, cooking, riding horses, wearing kilts.

I supposed that William is different than his father and grandparents.
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The Cambridges just spent time at Balmoral a couple of weeks ago. William just finished with the air ambulance at the end of July. They had to get George ready to start school and make the move to KP from Norfolk. George starts school on Thursday. They can't really spend couple of months in Balmoral like the Queen and Prince of Wales do.
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No one really spends a 'couple of months' at Balmoral other than The Queen, Philip and Charles.

The rest go up for a few days, a week or something and then go away again. Sometimes they may go up two or three times during the Queen's stay there but they don't stay there for the entire time as they have their own lives to live.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:28 PM
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Is the documentary this article references available on You tube? I would love to watch it but I live in the United States.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:26 AM
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Is the documentary this article references available on You tube? I would love to watch it but I live in the United States.
No, not that I see.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:15 PM
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I believe Anne stays there as well.

Balmoral looks like a nice, peaceful haven to vacation.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:26 PM
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Balmoral really is a picturesque and blessedly secluded place for the HM to retreat to for a few months out of the year to just breathe, walk in the wild with her corgis and have the family dropping by here and there for a family BBQ.

Its not all that much really of a relaxed, unstructured vacation though as from what I understand, Balmoral always runs on a pretty strict time schedule. They change clothes for just about everything on the schedule for that day. Its not only the Queen's family that comes to visit but also the Prime Minister and spouse come for a weekend or so along with friends that the Queen invites.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:33 AM
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Balmoral Castle on November 23!!

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Perfect Christmas card material,it looks just stunning.
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:01 AM
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Thank you Eya for showing this. Winter wonder land in full view, how beautiful it is and so perfect it seems in a world of chaos. What a serene place to go when wanting peace and quiet.
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So pretty, and one imagines cozy in front of a crackling fire with hot cocoa. Just like all the comments (in the video) are saying. What intrigues me is that of all the royal family it is only Charles who clearly has a love of Scotland in the winter. He heads directly up there after Christmas Day with the Queen at Sandringham.

Has this been discussed? Likely somewhere, but do we assume that when Charles is King he may actually spend both Christmas and New Year's at Balmoral? It seems to be where he prefers to be at this season of the year since he wastes no time getting there after the (obligatory) Christmas spent with the Queen at Sandringham.

P.S. Love that one can hear the pinging of the snow/ice pellets in the video.
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IMO it's probably likely that Charles will keep up his mother's traditions of a Sandringham Christmas simply because of the number of family members who stay there from Christmas Eve onwards. It's quite a journey to get to and fro from Balmoral/Birkhall, especially if it snows and it would be inconvenient for staff and guests. I can see Charles spending Hogmanay at Balmoral though.
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IMO it's probably likely that Charles will keep up his mother's traditions of a Sandringham Christmas simply because of the number of family members who stay there from Christmas Eve onwards. It's quite a journey to get to and fro from Balmoral/Birkhall, especially if it snows and it would be inconvenient for staff and guests. I can see Charles spending Hogmanay at Balmoral though.
Now Charles leaves for Scotland on Boxing Day, correct? Or maybe Christmas Day evening?

So are you suggesting/saying that Charles would stay at Sandringham for more days once King? Maybe leaving for Balmoral on the 30th?

Does he go to Balmoral or to Birkhall now? If to Birkhall now, would he be obliged to go to Balmoral once King, or could he continue with Birkhall?
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