The coronavirus pandemic has locked many people in different countries. It’s too early to talk about victory over the virus, but some states are gradually letting go of the bans, and people, of course, are already planning and dreaming of what they will do first when the self-government isolation will eventually be canceled. Traveling on this list is not the last, but the first trip after forced imprisonment should definitely be remembered! In our selection, we show you where to relax royally: your attention is focused on 12 directions that the representatives of the British monarchy adore.
Everyone knows that British monarchs like to spend time in Scotland. Here in the Aberdeenshire region is the famous Balmoral Castle, which is the family’s private residence.
It serves as a place of solitude (this is where they went after the death of Princess Diana, and it is here that Elizabeth II “hid” from the coronavirus), and a place of rest. Each year in summer, a family meets here at least once.
Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip and her sons Edward and Andrew
Among the favorite pastimes of the monarchs are horse riding, hunting, fishing and a trip to secluded beaches. Sandwood Bay in Sutherland would be the favorite. Sandwood Bay is considered the most isolated beach on the continent.
Queen Elizabeth II for a walk around Balmoral Castle
I think grandmother is the happiest. I think she really likes Highland,
– said her granddaughter, Princess Eugène, in a documentary on the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Balmoral Castle
The castle, along with 20,000 hectares of land and 150 buildings, was acquired in 1848 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. And in 1852, construction began on a new neo-Gothic style residence, designed by architect William Smith. By the way, in the castle in 1896, the Russian emperor Nicholas II stayed with his wife Alexandra Fedorovna, adored granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Africa generally has a special place at the heart of the royal family. This continent has been visited by generations of monarchs countless times.
It was in Kenya that the current Queen Elizabeth II was when she learned that she had inherited the throne.
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Kenya in 1952
She returned to the same hotel – the Treetops Hotel – already in 1983 during another visit. In 2010, Prince William made a proposal to Kate Middleton on Kenyan Lake Retunda at the foot of Mount Kenya. The couple was then on vacation at Lewa Safari Camp.
Bostwana is another African country that has played an important role in the lives of representatives of the British monarchy. Personal memories with her are mainly associated with Prince Harry. He came here for the first time in 1997, immediately after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. And it was in this country that he spent the first joint vacation with Meghan Markle in 2016.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
In combination, it was only the third meeting of the couple, and they spent it in a very romantic way – instead of the hotel, Megan and Harry spent the night in an outdoor tent in the Meno camp. -a-Quena. A year later, in 2017, lovers also celebrated Megan’s birthday there. Prince Harry even called Botswana a “second home”.
Prince Harry in Botswana
Later, during an engagement announcement, the couple admitted that the trip had helped strengthen their relationship. By the way, Harry also bought one of the diamonds in his bride’s ring in Botswana.
Already husband and wife, they returned to this African country as part of the charitable mission Elephants Without Borders.
Nevis was Princess Diana’s favorite island in the Caribbean. Prince Harry and Prince William visited her for the first time in 1993. This island became Diana’s first vacation spot after her breakup with Prince Charles (they divorced later, in 1996).
They played cricket every day on deserted sandy beaches and the boys caught giant toads to run races with other kids, ”recalls Ken Ouarf.
Princess Diana on the island of Nevis in 1993
Then Diana with children stayed at the Montpelier Plantation & Beach. Prince Harry returned to the island in November 2016 as part of his official tour on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
He then participated in a project to conserve the turtle population on the island of Nevis. It is rumored that it was in this paradise that Megan and Harry spent part of their honeymoon.
Princess Diana and Prince William on the island of Nevis in 1993
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles also visited the island – on an official trip in 2019, they stayed at the Hermitage Plantation House.
Winter holidays are also held in high esteem by representatives of the British monarchy, and they preferred, of course, the Alps. But the only favorite complex is difficult to distinguish – here, each has its own favorites.
Prince Charles with his sons Harry and William at Klosters
For example, Prince Charles likes the Swiss village of Klosters, located just 10 kilometers from the famous seaside resort of Davos. One of the elevators here is named “Prince of Wales” in his honor.
The prince’s favorite hotel in the press was called the Walserhof. It is worth seeing the famous bar-restaurant Casa Antica, where Princess Diana loved to relax.
Prince Charles with his sons Harry and William
In addition, it was reported that it was on the slopes of the Klosters ski area that Prince Harry and Prince William learned to ski as a child.
There, even before the wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton were resting. It was in this station that the photographers captured the couple’s first public kiss.
“Will finally had a daughter. Prince and Kate are so close to Klosters. ”
But for family vacations, Prince William and Kate Middleton already seem to prefer Courchevel. It was there that in 2016 they spent their holidays with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Another famous European resort – the Austrian Lech – was adored by Princess Diana, as well as Prince Andrew and his wife Sarah Ferguson. Princess Diana and her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, began to come here often after the death of one of Diana’s friends in an avalanche at Klosters.
Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry
Another private vacation spot for British monarchs is a private resort island in the Grenadines (Lesser Antilles) archipelago.
Princess Margaret, a fan of these tropical lands, spent more than 30 years there. She received land here as a wedding gift in 1960 and built a private villa, Les Jolies Eaux, where she received family members, including her sister Elizabeth, and guests.
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret on Mustique Island in 1977
Margaret has visited the island at least twice a year – usually in October and February. Despite the fact that it was on Mustique in 1976 that the first photographs of Margaret and her young lover Roddy Llewellyn were taken, which caused scandal, the princess still adored this island.
Princess Margaret and Roddy Llewellyn
It’s the only place I can relax, ”she said.
The royal tradition was continued by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Among the types of popular leisure activities on the island, horse riding, sailing, tennis and scuba diving are worth noting.
Princess Margaret in her villa
By the way, Mustique is one of the safest places in the Caribbean. There has only been one crime in history. In 1998, a wealthy heiress from France was stabbed to death in her villa. It’s no surprise that this place is loved by multimillionaires, aristocrats and celebrities (David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney also stayed here).
Princess Margaret’s love for the Caribbean was shared by Princess Diana. From paparazzi and hype in the press, she fled to the private island of Necker, which is one of the British Virgin Islands.
Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry
The island belongs to Sir Richard Branson – he bought it in 1978 at the age of 28! It was on these white snow beaches that Diana, with her sons, rested for New Years in 1990.
For the first time in royal status, Princess Diana went here in 1981, where she spent part of her honeymoon with Prince Charles. In 1992, Diana returned to the land of the pyramids at the invitation of the First Lady Susanna Mubarak.
Princess Diana in Luxor
In the images of this trip, you can not only appreciate the cultural heritage and the attractions that Diana examined. She’s also a true fashion guide – the princess picked up her outfits in the color palette of the surrounding landscape. Dress shirts, pleated skirts and cardigans in cream tones are a great choice for a vacation wardrobe in warm countries.
Princess Margaret’s travels were not limited to the Caribbean. In 1955, she made an official visit to the Bahamas and, in 1967, with her husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones, she rested in a mansion in Lyford Cay.
Princess Margaret with her husband in the Bahamas
The princess admitted that she finds the Bahamas very reassuring. Today in the capital of Nassau there is a hospital named after Princess Margaret.
Balearic Islands, Spain
Princess Diana and Prince Charles and their children often rested in Spain at the invitation of the Spanish royal family, with whom they had close friendships.
In August 1987, all rest together at the Marivent Palace, which is one of the official residences of the Spanish monarchs. Today, King Philippe and his family regularly spend summer holidays there. The palace gardens, by the way, are open to the public.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles with her sons and King of Spain Juan Carlos with her family
In 1990, Diana and Charles, at the invitation of King Juan Carlos, made sea voyages to the islands of the Fortuna yacht with other European monarchs.
Принцесса Диана и принц Чарльз сыновьями, а также королева Греции Анна-Мария, король Греции Константин II принцесса Феодора, королева Испании София, принцесса Кристина и принцесса Елена
Если в отношениях принца Гарри и Меган Маркл важную роль сыграла Ботсвана, то для Е и н Именно этот остров стал домом для молодой семьи.
Они провели там медовый месяц, а также жили почти два года, с 1949 по 1951 года, на вилле Guardamangia, так как принц Филипп, будучи офицером британского флота, находился в Валетте на службе.
Елизавета II и принц Филипп
Сама Елизавета (тогда еще принцесса) работала в мальтийском отделении благотворительной организацици. Позднее она называла этот период жизни одним из самых счастливых в ее жизни.
Принц Филипп и Елизавета II на Мальте в 1949 году
В прошлом году власти Мальты выкупили дом (кстати, единственное здание за пределами Великобритании, где королева жила продолжительное время) и, по сообщениям прессы, собираются устроить там музей.
Известно, что принц Чарльз большой поклонник садоводства, поэтому он всегда восхищался богатой природой и впечатляющими пейзажами Индии во время своих поездок в эту южноазиатскую страну.
Симпатия к этой стране была столь сильна, что принц даже отметил там свое 65-летие. В 2013 году вместе с Камиллой Паркер-Боулз он отдыхал на экологическом курорте Кумараком-Лейк.
А вы уже успели побывать в местах, где отдыхали монархи?
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