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A full royal household: How is Balmoral Castle handling all their guests?

A full royal household: How is Balmoral Castle handling all their guests?

With all the royal members staying at the Queen’s summer residence over the last few weeks, it is a wonder how they are managing all being so close to each other - even if the Summer home is a castle. 

Each year during the summer, Her Majesty spends time away from London in Scotland’s Highlands, at Balmoral Castle. 

When the warmer months are in full swing, other members of the royal family head north to join the Queen and Prince Philip. 

However reports are stating this year’s long list of visitors has forced couriers to make a few adjustments to the sleeping arrangements. 

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British publication The Express said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit has coincided with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and due to this, both Prince William and Duchess Kate are staying out of the castle itself. 

"The Queen has a lot of guests coming and to ease the pressure the Cambridges are likely to stay at the cottage," a royal insider said. 

The Cambridge’s are believed to have settled into Tam-na-Ghar which is situated in the castle grounds.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan along with baby Archie are expected to be staying within the castle walls. 

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So far, Balmoral Castle’s royal visitors include Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

Princess Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank and Beatrice's boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have also visited up north. 

The guests are not sitting around either, the royal insider continued. 

"It can get quite busy at what they call 'the big house' and it's not especially relaxing even though it's a holiday.”

"There's a daily routine which evolves around mealtimes, several outfit changes every day, sometimes five, and the Queen likes everything to run like clockwork."

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While the royals prefer to keep their activities private, Princess Eugenie has previously opened up about some of the ways they like to keep themselves occupied. 

The royal said in the documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Balmoral Castle is her “Granny’s” happy place. 

"Walks, picnics, dogs—a lot of dogs, there's always dogs—and people coming in and out all the time," she said. 

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"It's a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run."

Balmoral Castle has been one of the royal’s residences since 1852, when Prince Albert purchased it as a gift for his wife Queen Victoria.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the royal family at Balmoral Castle throughout the years.