Key moments at the royals' Highland paradise — Balmoral estate

Travel down memory lane with us, as we recall key moments at the royals' "paradise in the Highlands," Balmoral estate.

Set by the River Dee in the shadows of Lochnagar is the magnificent Balmoral estate, which has been a royal retreat since 1848 when it was acquired by Queen Victoria.
The Highland haven had a special place in the heart of the monarch, who on arriving there wrote: "All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils."

Prince William and Kate Middleton have had some of their most romantic times, staying in an estate cottage called Tam-na-Ghar during their breaks from St. Andrews University. 

With the sovereign in residence until September, Hello! takes a look at the most memorable moments in the history of what Victoria referred to as her "paradise in the Highlands." 


Something in the air means the Queen and the rest of her family cast off all the limits of their status and really let their hair down. It's quite usual for visitors to see Prince Philip grilling sausages or his wife washing up with her bare hands after his barbecues.

The family partakes in picnics, home-movie evenings, games and bracing walks, and they adopt typical Scottish practices during their stay. Many members of the family, includingPrince Charles wear kilts and a resident bagpiper provides an early morning wake up call. The convivial atmosphere makes for a relaxing stay for guests.

Cherie Blair, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, revealed in her autobiography that the couple's youngest son, Leo, was conceived there. 

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