A Commentary on the arrival of the Royal Family for their Holiday at
Balmoral's link with. the Royal Family dates back to 1848, when it took the fancy of Queen Victoria. She described the old castle, which belonged to the Duke of Fife, as ' a pretty little place in the old Scottish style '. Four years later Prince Albert bought the estate from the Duke and, in collaboration with a professional architect, William Smith of Aberdeen, designed the present Castle-a mansion of white. Crathie granite in the Scottish ' baronial' style. The new building was paid for by a curious legacy to the Queen ; J. C. Neild , an old Chelsea miser, had recently left her a fortune of half-a-million pounds.
Balmoral was first occupied in 1855 and has been a favourite royal residence ever since. Queen Victoria was never as happy elsewhere.
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