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Balmoral Castle reopens after The Queen’s death

After a period of mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, Balmoral Castle has reopened to visitors 

After a period of mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, Balmoral Castle has reopened to visitors

Balmoral Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved Highland home where she passed away peacefully in September, was closed for almost a month  in order to respect a period of official mourning, and to allow the Royal Family to grieve privately.

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Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images


Following the death of his mother and the period of official national mourning, the Royal Family observed a week’s private mourning the week after Her Majesty’s state funeral on 19 September. King Charles III and the Queen Consort spent time together at Balmoral Castle, the place where he and his mother had spent many happy times together, including many family holidays.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (now King Charles III) pose after planting a tree at the Balmoral Cricket Pavilion, to mark the start of the official planting season for the Queen’s Green Canopy in October 2021. (Photo by Andrew Milligan-WPA Pool/Getty Images).


This week, however, Balmoral Estate announced that they will now be open in October, November and December, but in a different format to normal.

Though the castle itself remains closed, visitors will be able to enter the estate grounds and gardens free of charge to pay their respects to The Queen and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place she loved so much.

Visitors will also be able to leave floral tributes in a special designated area.

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Balmoral Castle and gardens. Credit: Anastas Styles/Shutterstock

The facilities will be open daily between 1000 and 1600 until 31st October, with the exception of Sunday 16th October.

November and December dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Read more here. 

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