Balmoral Castle: Inside the Royal Family's Scottish retreat

Balmoral Castle has long offered a summer escape for the British Royal Family, filled with outdoor picnics, movie nights and traditional dances. It's not unusual to see the men donning kilts after the family arises to the sound of a bagpiper, or Prince Philip manning the barbecue following a day of hunting. Her Majesty has a particular soft spot for her estate by the River Dee, which was acquired by Queen Victoria in 1852.

"Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there's always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time. 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," Princess Eugenie said of Balmoral on the ITV special Our Queen At Ninety. "It's the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands."

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