Discovering King Charles’ Opulent Palaces: A Regal Tour of His Majestic Residences

King’s residence? He inherited more than the throne last year. He inherited a large real estate holdings, including private and royal houses in the UK. The new monarch built a Gloucestershire neoclassical estate and a Romanian guesthouse while Prince of Wales. The monarch, who will be crowned on May 6, has access to several of these residences, even though Prince William, the new owner of the Duchy of Cornwall, has received some. We’ve compiled the king’s former and present residences, from Buckingham Palace, where he was born, to Clarence House, where he resided as a child and again after marrying the queen consort.

Buckingham Palace

In 1948, an announcement of the birth of Prince Charles was posted outside Buckingham Palace

At Buckingham Palace, King Charles was born on November 14, 1948. At the time, his grandfather King George VI owned the palace. The 1703-built palace with its 775 rooms was transformed into his mother’s official house in 1952, where the future king spent the most of his formative years. The Royal Family purchased the mansion in 1761 when King George III did it on behalf of Queen Charlotte. It has undergone substantial restorations over time, including an expansion designed by John Nash and Edward Blore architects. The king is utilizing the palace for work while continuing to live at Clarence House during the 10-year, $500 million refurbishment.

Clarence House

2003 photographic image of the Morning Room at Clarence House

Clarence House, built between 1825 and 1827 by John Nash for the future King William IV, then the Duke of Clarence, was where King Charles spent his early years. From 1948 to 1952, when his mother became queen, Charles stayed in the three-story mansion; he returned in 2003 and made it his official residence with Camilla Parker-Bowles (they married in 2005). The king engaged Robert Kime to embellish the interiors.

Windlesham Moor

Aerial Perspective of Windlesham Moor

From 1947 to 1949, King Charles’ parents rented the Windlesham Moor country house in Surrey while he was an infant. The estate has a large drawing room, a games room, and five bedrooms, and it is situated on 58 acres of land. Two guest rooms were converted into the young king’s nursery.


At Sandringham in 1970, from left: King Charles, his father, Prince Philip, his моther, Queen Elizabeth II, and his sister, Princess Anne

King Charles and his family have spent many Christmases in Sandringham, a 20,000-acre estate in Norfolk. In contrast to many other royal residences, Sandringham was given to King Charles by Queen Elizabeth II upon her passing in September 2022. The magnificent home, which belonged to the future King Edward VII, was rebuilt at the request of architects A.J. Humbert and Robert William Edis. King Charles recently observed his first Christmas as a king and took part in the customary Christmas walk to church.

Balmoral Castle

On his 30th birthday, King Charles III celebrated at Balmoral Castle

The monarch also owns Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which he inherited upon the death of his mother. The 50,000-acre estate was purchased by Prince Albert for his wife, Queen Victoria, in 1852. On the grounds, the Prince commissioned architect William Smith to build a new Scottish baronial castle, which was completed in 1856; he then demolished the original structure. In 2002, the king inherited Birkhall, a 1715 house in the grounds of Balmoral, and used it frequently, including on his honeymoon with Queen Consort Camilla in 2005.

Kensington Palace

In 1983, King Charles and his then-wife Princess Diana were accompanied by their son Prince William at Kensington Palace

King Charles moved his young family, which eventually included Princes William and Harry, into flats eight and nine at Kensington Palace after his 1981 marriage to Lady Diana Spencer. After purchasing the Jacobean home in 1689, William III hired famed architect Christopher Wren, who also created St. Paul’s Cathedral, to enlarge it.


In 2009, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were seen at Llwynywermod

As the Prince of Wales, King Charles searched extensively for a house in a coastal country. In 2007, he paid approximately $1.5 million (£1.2 million) for Llwynywermod, a property in Llandovery, Myddfai. The former model farm was refurbished using sustainable building techniques by architect Craig Hamilton, and designer Annabel Elliot (Queen Camilla’s sister) outfitted the property with Welsh furnishings, rugs, and antiques. The property includes a main house, three cottages, and a threshing barn.

Highgrove House

In 1982, King Charles sat in his living room at Highgrove House

King Charles bought Highgrove House in 1980. Anthony Keck most likely created the Gloucestershire neoclassical home from the late 18th century. The 15-acre interconnected gardens were revived by the king using sustainable and organic gardening methods. Dudley Poplak created the interior, while Robert Kime later redecorated the house.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle’s green drawing room

Windsor Castle, built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, is the world’s largest inhabited castle. Many monarchs renovated and reconstructed the property, notably Charles II, who cooperated with architect Hugh May to design Baroque interiors, and George IV, who added many famous Gothic features as well as the great Waterloo chamber. During the pandemic, Queen Elizabeth made a permanent move there and spent weekends there. King Charles received the enormous estate after her death.

Dumfries House

An interior courtyard at Dumfries House

The first home of William Crichton-Dalrymple, 5th Earl of Dumfries, was Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland, which Robert, John, and James Adams planned and finished in 1759. A stunning variety of Chippendale and British Rococo furnishings were used to decorate the Palladian home. The east and west wings of the house were expanded in 1889 by Scottish architect Robert Weir Shultz. The house was occupied by a single family from 1760 until 1993. To prevent its demolition, the then-Prince of Wales and the Prince’s Foundation bought Dumfries House in 2007 together with all of its belongings. The public can now visit the refurbished estate.

Dolphin House

In 2021, King Charles and Queen Camilla will visit the Isles of Scilly

Dolphin House, a late Georgian home with granite walls built in 1799 on Tresco, an island in the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the coast of Cornwall, belonged to the king. The islands are a part of the Duchy of Cornwall, which King Charles left to Prince William upon his accession to the throne. The house is accessible for public renting.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

In 2022, King Charles III will reside at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse serves as the king of Scotland’s formal residence. On the spot, David I founded an Augustinian monastery in 1128, and James IV converted it into a palace in 1503. Mary, Queen of Scots lived there from 1561 to 1567, and Charles II started to reconstruct the house with Sir William Bruce’s help in 1671.

Hillsborough Castle

In 2019, King Charles will unveil a self-portrait at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland

Hillsborough Castle serves as the royal residence in Northern Ireland. The Hill family built the house in the late 18th century. In the 1920s, the estate was sold to the British government.

Romanian Houses

King Charles’s Romanian cottage

In 2006, King Charles purchased a medieval Saxon farmhouse in Viscri, Romania, and had it refurbished. In 2021, the structure was transformed into an exhibition room, with displays on preservation, traditional architecture, and sustainability. He also runs a guesthouse in Zalanpatak that is open to the public.

Castle of Mey

Scotland’s Castle of Mey in Caithness

George, the fourth Earl of Caithness, built the Castle of Mey in the sixteenth century. William Burn, an architect, refurbished the castle in 1819 for the 12th earl. Queen Elizabeth the Second bought the castle and refurbished its 30-acre grounds in 1952. The Queen Mother gave the land to a trust in 1996, whose president was King Charles. In 2019, the king opened a bed and breakfast on the property, which he has visited frequently throughout the years.

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