Do you want to spend a royal holiday? No, it is not the slogan of a travel agency that no longer exists. We sincerely ask you: do you want it?
If the answer is yes, then read on. Below we have listed the favorite destinations of the British Royal Family, from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Queen Elizabeth herself.
The list – which spans four continents – includes places near and far, known and less known, glamorous and wonderfully inconspicuous. As the world slowly but surely opens up to international travel, perhaps you’ll want to take a trip to one of these royal destinations yourself.
The Isles of Scilly
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In early August, it was reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had taken their three children to the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off Cornwall. This is a recurring holiday spot for the family: last year they stayed at Dolphin House, a charming stone cottage with stunning sea views in Tresco. The idyllic island doesn’t allow cars – which means, without a doubt, that the Cambridges have taken several bike rides.© Provided by Vanity Fair
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Another favorite getaway from the Cambridges? Mosquito. Kate Middleton has been vacationing there with her family for years, long before her marriage to Prince William. In 2019, the couple attended the 50th-anniversary celebration of Basil’s Bar, the island’s legendary beachfront watering point alongside Mick Jagger. The Duchess even took the official birthday portrait of Prince George.
Of course, they are far from the first Windsors to find respite on this island where paparazzi are banned. Princess Margaret previously owned a villa, Les Jolies Eaux, above Macaroni Beach. Good news: it has since been transformed into a private rental, which means that if you wish, you can stay there
The Okavango Delta, Botswana
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For their third date, Prince Harry made a radical proposal to Meghan Markle: what if we went to Botswana?
“We camped with each other under the stars,” he recalled during their joint engagement interview with the BBC. “We were really alone, which was crucial for me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other.”
It is reported that they went to Meno A Kwena, in Makgadikgadi National Park. The camp is adorned with old-fashioned but timeless furniture: think pinned insect paintings, teak furniture, burnished leather chairs, and antique globes.
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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been repeatedly spotted spending the summer in Corfu, the glamorous Greek island known for its vibrant nightlife and abundance of olive trees. In 2017, they spent time on a superyacht as well as in a villa on the mainland.
It is a place that also has a deeper meaning for the couple: Charles’ father, Prince Philip, was born on the island in 1921.
The Highlands of Scotland, Scotland
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Every summer, Queen Elizabeth travels to Balmoral, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. There, she drives her Range Rover or rides horses through the 20,000 hectares of the estate, which includes mountains, forests, valleys, arable pastures, lochs, grouse heaths, and gardens.
During her stay, many members of the royal family came to join her, from Cambridge to Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice of York. “You just have space to breathe and run,” Eugenie said earlier in an interview.
Although it is a private residence for the Windsors, the Windsors allow visitors to Balmoral from April to July. (Those looking for an extended stay can even book one of the cottages on the estate). But nearby is also The Fife Arms, a restored nineteenth-century inn with more than 12,000 works of art.