The Crown: Which royal palaces are in season four? Everything you need to know

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·16-min read

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One thing we love seeing when we tune into The Crown are the beautiful palaces and homes of the Royal Family.

Season four is no exception, as viewers will be treated to a new palatial property when the Prince of Wales buys his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove.

The home, just a few miles from both his sister Anne and from former girlfriend Camilla Parker-Bowles, will be the site of lots of the action for season four, but viewers also get to see life for the royals in Buckingham Palace and the Scottish retreat of Balmoral.

Highgrove

The newest addition to the home collection in season four is Highgrove, bought by the Prince of Wales in 1980.

The show muddies the waters of the timeline here, as Charles actually owned the home before he was married to Diana.

But it does start to show the passion Charles developed for his gardens at Highgrove, and royal fans can take garden tours at the house in Tetbury, where experts will guide people around the various sections of the garden.

TETBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 05:  A general view of the gardens at Highgrove House on June 5, 2013 in Tetbury, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The gardens at Highgrove House in 2013 in Tetbury. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall becomes the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at a ceremony during which four Buglers of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles sound The Rifles Assembly to Her Royal Highness, at Highgrove House, Gloucestershire on July 22, 2020. - The ceremony, which began at Windsor Castle with Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh handing over after 67 years of support and service to The Rifles, continued at Highgrove with Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's instatement as the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles (Photo by Geoff Pugh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall becomes the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at a ceremony at Highgrove House in 2020. (Geoff Pugh/AFP)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 11:  Prince Charles Sitting In His Living Room At Home In Highgrove House.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Prince Charles in his living room at Highgrove House. (Tim Graham Photo Library)

Visitors can also have tea in the tea room and pop into the estate shop. The gardens raise money for his charitable foundation.

While The Crown will cover some of the ambitious plans for the gardens Charles had, in real life, the prince did a lot of work to the house itself too.

Prince Charles had thought the facade was “somewhat grim” when he arrived, and commissioned artist Felix Kelly to reimagine it. It wasn’t until 1989 though that Charles put that painting to use, and asked architect Peter Falconer to put it in place.

Highgrove is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and is described as the country seat, and private home of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14:  Prince Charles And Prince Harry By The Swimming Pool In The Garden At Their Home Highgrove House  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Charles and Harry by the swimming pool at Highgrove. (Tim Graham Photo Library)
HIGHGROVE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26:  Prince Charles With Prince William And Prince Harry At Highgrove, Gloucestershire.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Charles with William and Harry in Highgrove. (Tim Graham Photo Library)

However it is sometimes used for official work too. Camilla took over as colonel-in-chief of The Rifles from her father-in-law Prince Philip in a ceremony there in July 2020.

Charles also had the lease for Home Farm, near to Highgrove, but gave it up in 2020 in preparation for one day acceding to the throne.

The Crown used Somerley House as the location for Highgrove.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, in London, is most associated with the Royal Family in Britain.

But it’s thought to be one of their least favourite homes.

The Queen typically lives there during the week and spends weekends in Windsor Castle. She carries out most of her work there, including investitures, and the annual garden parties.

However there have long been rumblings about whether Charles will move into Buckingham Palace when he accedes, with the suggestion being he would prefer to stay in Clarence House.

LONDON, June 18, 2020 -- A formation of the Royal Air Force RAF Red Arrows and its French counterpart team La Patrouille de France flies above Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, on June 18, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron held talks Thursday at 10 Downing Street, the first meeting between heads of state in Britain since the COVID-19 pandemic started. A flypast was performed afterwards above London by the Royal Air Force RAF Red Arrows and its French counterpart team, La Patrouille de France. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
The RAF Red Arrows and its French counterpart team La Patrouille de France flies above Buckingham Palace in June 2020. (Ray Tang/Xinhua)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2L), his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) talk with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (2R) and his wife Olena (R), during an audience at Buckingham Palace in central London on October 7, 2020. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William and Kate with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena during an audience at Buckingham Palace in 2020. (Jonathan Brady/AFP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Prime Minister Theresa May walk in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace as the Queen hosts a dinner during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Britain April 19, 2018. Pool/Victoria Jones/via REUTERS
The Queen and Prince Charles with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and then-Prime Minister Theresa May in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. (Victoria Jones/Reuters)

Roya Nikkah, royal correspondent for The Sunday Times, previously said: “The official line is that he will. He's mentioned to a lot of people that the distinction may well be that the distinction that Buckingham Palace remains monarchy HQ, his office but he will probably continue to live in Clarence House in Highgrove.

"The official line is that the Cambridges will one day move to the Palace when they become King and Queen.

"I imagine that it will still be monarchy HQ and I wouldn't be surprised if the Cambridges stayed in Kensington Palace.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a welcome ceremony with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Donald and Melania Trump at a welcome ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Buckingham Palace, in June 2019. (Reuters)
General view of the State Banquet with U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and guests at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
The State Banquet with former President Donald Trump, the Queen and guests at Buckingham Palace in June 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Reuters)
Members of Britain's Royal family (L-R) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Tim Lawrence, Louise Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London June 16, 2012. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour the sovereign's official birthday.    REUTERS/Toby Melville   (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY ENTERTAINMENT MILITARY SOCIETY ROYALS)
The palace balcony is well known as the royals watch the RAF flypast from there, as here in 2012. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses for a photograph after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, in central London December 12, 2013.   REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool  (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY RELIGION ROYALS)
The Queen after recording her Christmas message in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in 2013. (John Stillwell/Reuters)

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It was also previously reported that Charles is concerned about the financial and environmental impact of upkeep on Buckingham Palace.

Works costing about £369m are going on in Buckingham Palace, which should help stop incidents including chunks of masonry falling and causing near misses with security staff and royals. Princess Anne was nearly hit by a chunk of stone in 2007.

The palace is opened each summer for tours of the state rooms and the gardens and welcomes thousands of visitors.

The Crown used multiple locations for the palace, including the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Peninsula, Goldsmiths Hall and Lancaster House.

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral, the Queen’s home in Scotland, is to be a key location for season four.

Lady Diana Spencer and Margaret Thatcher will make trips here, and for Diana, it will prove to be important for her relationship with Charles.

Balmoral was first bought by Prince Albert in 1852 and so is a private family home rather than a royal residence. It’s been handed down since then.

Queen Elizabeth II, with Officer Commanding Major Johnny Thompson, inspects Balaclava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the gates at Balmoral, as she takes up summer residence at the castle. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, with Officer Commanding Major Johnny Thompson, inspects Balaclava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the gates at Balmoral in 2018. (Andrew Milligan/PA Images)
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, in the snow. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow across Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, in the snow. (Jane Barlow/PA Images)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 12:  Prince Charles With Prince William & Prince Harry At Polvier By The River Dee, Balmoral Castle Estate  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Charles, William and Harry at the River Dee, on the Balmoral Castle estate. (Tim Graham Photo Library)

The Queen goes there for summer each year and attends events like the Braemar Gathering. However it does represent a break and so apart from her government papers, she doesn’t carry out engagements.

Various members of the Royal Family go up to visit her during the summer, and her granddaughter Princess Eugenie once called it “the most beautiful place on earth”.

It’s the setting for some of the best stories about the Queen. It’s where she drove Saudi king Abdullah around in her Land Rover, quite a sight for him as women couldn’t drive in Saudi Arabia at the time.

Tony Blair said Philip was in charge of the barbecue and the Queen did the washing up when he stayed at Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their traditional summer break at Balmoral Castle. The royal couple are seen with 'Tinker', a cross between a corgi and long haired dachshund.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their traditional summer break at Balmoral Castle. (PA Images)
Prince Charles and Princess Anne watch with interest as their mother, the Queen, unpacks a basket of goods onto the stall in which she was serving in a sale of work at Abergeldie Castle, near Balmoral, Scotland. The sale was organised by the Queen Mother to help raise funds for building a vestry at Crathie Church, where the Royal family worship when they stay at Balmoral. Princess Margaret, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Kent also helped at the sale.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Charles and Princess Anne watch with interest as their mother, the Queen, unpacks a basket of goods onto the stall in which she was serving in a sale of work at Abergeldie Castle, near Balmoral, Scotland. (PA Images)
28th September 1952:  Princess Elizabeth watching her son Prince Charles playing in his toy car while at Balmoral.  (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
Then-Princess Elizabeth watching her son Prince Charles playing in his toy car while at Balmoral in 1952. (Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Scotland, The Royal Family In Balmoral Castle  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
The Royal Family in Balmoral Castle. The castle is a favoured place for them. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

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While Thatcher may not have made the best impression in her first trip to Balmoral, according to The Crown anyway, the PM once sent the Queen a pair of washing up gloves because she saw her doing dishes without any.

The Queen once struck up a conversation with some American tourists out walking in Balmoral, who didn’t recognise her in her dressed-down look.

They asked her: “Have you ever met the Queen?”

She pointed at her protection officer and said: “No, but he has.”

Royal fans can stay in the grounds of Balmoral and it’s also open part of the year.

The Ardverikie Estate, in Kinloch Laggan Newtonmore, Inverness-shire and Knebworth House were used for Balmoral.

Gatcombe Park

Gatcombe Park, the home of Princess Anne, gets a brief look in season four of The Crown.

The Queen bought Gatcombe Park for Anne as a wedding present in 1973 when she married Captain Mark Philips.

Although they divorced, Anne still lives there, now with her second husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence.

Her children and grandchildren also have homes on the estate, with Zara and Mike Tindall in one home with their children Lena and Mia.

Zara Phillips on Toytown, with her brother Peter Phillips before competing in the show jumping at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire.   (Photo by Barry Batchelor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Zara Phillips on Toytown, with her brother Peter Phillips before competing in the show jumping at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park. (Barry Batchelor/PA Images)
Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire  which is the venue for the Doubleprint British Horse Trials Championships this weekend.   (Photo by Barry Batchelor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, Princess Anne's home. (Barry Batchelor/PA Images)

Her son Peter Philips lives in one home but following his split from wife Autumn, it’s thought they live in separate homes close by.

New pictures of Anne released for her 70th birthday in 2020 were taken in Gatcombe Park, but it’s largely a home for her private or business life. She has an office at St James’s Palace in London where her royal work takes place, though during the coronavirus lockdown she did carry out video engagements from there.

Gatcombe Park is a working organic farm and until 2019 was the home to the annual Gatcombe Horse Trials.

STROUD, ENGLAND - MARCH 28:  Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends the Gatcombe Park Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 28, 2015 in Stroud, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Anne, at the Gatcombe Park Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park in 2015. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press)

In 2014, Anne spoke to Countryfile about her home, saying: “It's really nice to come back and just be yourself in an area like this. Being able to take on a place like this – for me, I’ve got to make it work.

“This is not something that comes free, this has got to pay its way, otherwise I can’t stay here.”

The Festival of British Eventing, which is organised by her former husband, Captain Mark Phillips, and her son is still held each summer.

Wrotham Park was used for Gatcombe Park.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle can boast being the largest occupied castle in the world, and it’s still a working palace.

The Queen spends her weekends there most of the year, and also goes there for an extended time around Easter, called Easter Court.

It’s been the location for many royal weddings, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marrying there in May 2018, followed the same year by his cousin Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

The Queen grew up there with Princess Margaret so it holds lots of memories for her.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15:  President George W. Bush and his wife, the First Lady Laura Bush meet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and walk through St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, on June 15, 2008 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
President George W. Bush and his wife, the First Lady Laura Bush with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in 2008. (Tim Graham Photo Library)
People enjoy the hot weather on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Long Walk at Windsor Castle, Berkshire in 2020. (Steve Parsons/PA Images)
Princess Elizabeth looks on as Princess Margaret plays the piano at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Castle, England on April 11, 1942.  (Photo by Studio Lisa/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth looks on as Princess Margaret plays the piano at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Castle in 1942. (Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

In 1992, there was a large fire in the castle, just one of the many factors that caused the Queen to label that year her Annus Horribilis.

She also stays there in the summer to attend Royal Ascot, and holds the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the grounds of Home Park. Her Majesty’s love of horses is well known and pictures show her very happy and relaxed at both those events, which might explain why she loves it so much.

It’s a palace that functions both as a private home and a public working palace. Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted there in 2020 in a special ceremony, but there are many other investitures there.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20:  Another Disaster In The Queen's "annus Horribilis" When A  Fire Broke Out At Windsor Castle - A Tragedy Damaging More Than 100 Rooms.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The fire in Windsor Castle in 1992. (Tim Graham Photo Library)
(EMBARGOED TILL  0001 BST MONDAY 11 APRIL 2005) WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 9: TRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess Of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles for the Official Wedding photograph with their children (L-R Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle following their marriage. Saturday April 9 2005, in Windsor, England. (Photo by Hugo Burnand/Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Charles and Camilla's official wedding photograph with their children (L-R Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles), in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in 2005. (Hugo Burnand/Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Queen Elizabeth II hosts a State Banquet for President Nicolas Sarkozy at Windsor Castle on the first day of his State Visit on March 26, 2008 in Windsor, England. (Photo by POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II hosts a State Banquet for President Nicolas Sarkozy at Windsor Castle in 2008. (Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)

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The Queen and Prince Philip chose Windsor Castle as their retreat during the lockdown in 2020 as the nation battled the coronavirus pandemic.

Belvoir Castle and Burghley House were used to film the scenes for Windsor Castle.

Kensington Palace

Now the London home and office for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace was the first royal home for Princess Diana.

She lived there from 1981 until her death in 1997, continuing to stay in the west London apartment after her divorce from Prince Charles.

A statue is planned for the gardens at Kensington Palace to commemorate her.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 06:  Fashion Designers David & Elizabeth Emanuel With Princess Diana In Her Sitting Room At Kensington Palace Choosing Outfits For A Forthcoming Royal Tour  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Fashion Designers David & Elizabeth Emanuel with Princess Diana in Kensington Palace choosing outfits for a forthcoming royal tour. (Tim Graham Photo Library)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 01:  The Prince And Princess Of Wales Holding Their Baby Son, Prince William, At Home In Kensington Palace  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Diana and Charles with Prince William in Kensington Palace (Tim Graham Photo Library)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 04:  Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Diana with William and Harry at the piano in Kensington Palace (Tim Graham Photo Library)

Kensington Palace was also the first home for William and Harry. Prince William and his family still live there, but Prince Harry moved out after he married Meghan, choosing Windsor for their main home before they left their senior royal duties.

Diana is said to have put her own stamp on the apartments when she arrived, hiring designer Dudley Poplak to help her. She chose bold patterns on the walls and plush sofas.

She had to strike a balance as the home was often used, as it still is, for official business, including hosting foreign dignitaries.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 22:  Prince William And Prince Harry Playing On A Rocking Horse In Their Playroom At Kensington Palace  (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
William and Harry playing in their nursery in Kensington Palace (Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 22:  Princess Diana Helping Prince William With A Jigsaw Puzzle Toy In His Playroom At Home In Kensington Palace  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Princess Diana helping Prince William with a jigsaw puzzle in Kensington Palace (Tim Graham Photo Library)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, after the announcement of their engagement. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Images)

But photos show that she enjoyed family life here, with William and Harry enjoying their nursery. The palace is where the well-known photo of Diana and the brothers at the piano was taken.

Harefield Grove, Brocket Hall, Wellington College were the three locations used by The Crown to create Kensington Palace.

Sandringham

To Norfolk, and Sandringham House, nowadays the main residence for Prince Philip who retired there in 2017.

Sandringham is most associated with the royals at Christmas, as they spend the festive season there.

The Queen stays there until after 6 February each year, her accession day, as she privately marks the death of her father before returning to London. King George VI died at Sandringham.

Sandringham is another private home of the Royal Family, and is described as a much loved retreat. Prince William and Kate have a home on the grounds there, a gift for their wedding from the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Sandringham, 1970.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Sandringham, 1970. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate, William, George and Charlotte, with Charles, at the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in 2019. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press)

The Royal Family spent many Christmases in Windsor during the 1960s when the children were young, but moved permanently to Sandringham in 1988 when Windsor was being rewired.

They tend to follow German-style traditions, exchanging presents on Christmas Eve, which are usually silly gifts rather than anything expensive.

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They also go to church at St Mary Magdalene on Christmas morning. Members of the Royal Family greet people outside the church who line up to wish them well.

Though private, Sandringham was where the Queen filmed her first Christmas broadcast in 1957. Previously they had been radio broadcasts.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh posing in the grounds of Sandringham House, Norfolk, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.   (Photo by Ron Bell/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the grounds of Sandringham House, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. (Ron Bell/PA Images)
KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 30: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) General view of Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II's country retreat set in 24 hectares of gardens on the Sandringham Estate, at Sandringham on August 30, 2011 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II's country retreat. (Indigo/Getty Images)

The park is open year round and visitors can tour the home at certain times of the year.

The Queen’s father once wrote of it: “I have always been happy here and I love the place.”

Somerleyton Hall, in Somerleyton was used to film Sandringham.

Clarence House

Before it was the London home and office of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House was home to the Queen Mother, who moved in after her husband died and her daughter moved to Buckingham Palace.

The Queen and Prince Philip also lived there briefly, after their marriage in 1947. Philip had taken on much of the renovation and decoration during that time, but the sudden death of King George VI meant they had to move.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother lived there from 1953 until 2002, and Princess Margaret lived with her there for some time before moving to Kensington Palace.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the garden of Clarence House on the occasion of her 60th birthday, with her grandchildren Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew, who is almost 6 months old. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the garden of Clarence House on the occasion of her 60th birthday, with her grandchildren Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04:  Princess Margaret Arriving At Clarence House For Her Mother's 86th Birthday.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Princess Margaret at Clarence House for her mother's 86th birthday. (Tim Graham Photo Library)
File photo: The Queen Mother's former residence, Clarence House. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Queen Mother's former residence, Clarence House. (Rune Hellestad/Corbis)
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi at Clarence House, central London on October 22, 2020. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Charles with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi at Clarence House, in October 2020. (Victoria Jones/AFP)

Clarence House is more of an aristocratic townhouse than a royal palace. It’s also been home to William and Harry at various times.

Much of the royals’ extensive art collection is held in Clarence House, and it was available to view online in 2018 when Charles allowed Google to tour the home and share it online.

As a working home, lots of royal events happen here, with Charles and Camilla regularly hosting meetings in the home’s various grand rooms.

Clarence House is a stones throw from Buckingham Palace, and the gardens are partly joined. Charles has created memorial areas for his grandmother, in tribute to her.

The home is open in August to public tours.

Clarence House scenes were filmed at High Canons Borehamwood.

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