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7 stunning royal summer holiday destinations: Scotland, Norfolk and more

Royals love staycations too!

Nichola Murphy

The coronavirus pandemic has seen many Brits look much closer to home when it comes to choosing their next holiday, while others can't wait to jump on a plane for an exotic break in a far-flung destination.

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So where will the royal family choose to travel once coronavirus restrictions ease? From Scotland to Spain and LA, we've rounded up some holiday destinations inspired by the likes of Meghan Markle, Zara Tindall and Kate Middleton


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The Queen: Balmoral Castle, Scotland

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The Queen has spent much of the three COVID-19 lockdowns at her second home Windsor Castle, but she usually heads to Balmoral for her annual summer break.

Her granddaughter Princess Eugenie once revealed that 'Granny' is most happy in the Highlands, saying: "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."

Her Majesty often enjoys horse riding, grouse hunting and seeing her family, with the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall regularly paying a visit. 

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Anmer Hall, Norfolk

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Instead of jetting off to tropical destinations such as Mustique, Kate Middleton and Prince William will undoubtedly stay much closer to home this year.

The Duke and Duchess usually reside with children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, but they have been spending a lot of time at their country estate, Anmer Hall, amid the coronavirus. It has been a go-to summer break for them in the past, so why not stay there all summer?

Located on the Sandringham Estate, the three-storey property has a sprawling lawn that supposedly includes climbing frames, a climbing wall and swings, so it sounds like the perfect setting for a family break!

Duke and Duchess of Sussex: LA, America

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In 2020, Prince Harry was reportedly planning a trip to Scotland to visit the Queen but was forced to cancel following the COVID-19 outbreak. It would have been Archie's first visit to Balmoral, where his dad and uncle Prince William used to spend their summers as children.

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There have also been reports that the family-of-three will return to the UK for the Queen's annual birthday parade – Trooping the Colour – this June. Until then, Harry and Meghan will have plenty of activities to entertain themselves near their LA home.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain: Majorca, Spain

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia spend their annual summer break in Majorca at their residence, Marivent Palace, with their daughters Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

Although the Spanish royal family are often seen happily strolling through the streets during their break, this year may be slightly different. If they choose to continue their holiday tradition, the royals will likely be spending more time in their residence as a safety precaution. We can think of worse places to be!

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall: Llandovery, Wales

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Prince Charles and Camilla have a beautifully-restored farmhouse, Llwynywermod Estate, where they often stay during their annual summer tour of Wales. It took Charles 40 years to find the perfect Welsh property, so we can't imagine a better place to relax!

If you want to get a taste of a royal summer holiday, the two barn conversions on the grounds are available to rent when not in use by the royals.

Zara and Mike Tindall: Sandringham House, Norfolk

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Zara and Mike Tindall are set to expand their family, so we imagine a staycation is on the cards. After all, that's exactly what the couple chose to do following their second child, Lena, in 2018.

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Perhaps they'll make a trip to Balmoral to see the Queen, or make use of Her Majesty's other country estate, Sandringham House. The Norfolk property is where the monarch normally spends her Christmas holidays, but it looks equally as stunning in the summer!

Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark: Grasten, Denmark

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The Danish royals have a summer residence, Grasten Palace, where they often retreat to with their children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. Assuming they are able to travel, we imagine that's where the family of six will be this summer. 

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