Inside the Little-Known Royal Cottage Where William and Harry Spent Many Happy Summers in ‘The Most Beautiful Place on Earth’

The little-known Royal Cottage where Princes William and Harry spent many happy summers has been dubbed by the royals as “the most beautiful place on earth”.

Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was a summer holiday destination for the late Queen.

Balmoral Castle home of the Queen, situated in the Scottish moorland

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Balmoral Castle home of the Queen, situated in the Scottish moorlandCredit: PA: Press Association
The family spent quality time together on their trips together

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The family spent quality time together on their trips togetherCourtesy: News Group Newspapers Limited
King Charles and his sons pose for photographers over Luick's Falls during their summer holiday at Balmoral

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King Charles and his sons pose for photographers over Luick’s Falls during their summer holiday at BalmoralCredit: PA: Press Association
Princes William and Harry play on the banks of the River Muick near Balmoral at Balmoral

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Princes William and Harry play on the banks of the River Muick near Balmoral at BalmoralCredit: Reuters

But less than a mile down the road is Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate.

The longest-reigning queen holidayed at the cottage, where she enjoyed quality time with her extended family, especially grandchildren William and Harry.

Queen Elizabeth II spent three months every summer at the Scottish palace to “take off her shoes” to rest.

Holidays in Scotland with their grandchildren were fond memories for the Queen, who lavished attention on the pair.

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She and Prince Philip also used to host family barbecues there.

The Queen named her lockdown corgi “Muike” after the beauty spot of the same name at Balmoral.

King Charles and Princess Diana spent time with their sons at Craiggowan Lodge when they were visiting Balmoral in the summer.

During her stay at the home she and her then-fiancé were photographed prior to their wedding.

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He said: “It is the most beautiful place on earth. I think Grandma is happiest there. I think she really loves the Highlands.”

Royal author Katie Nicholls said the Queen and Prince Philip appreciated the time they got to spend with William and Harry at Balmoral.

Set on 50,000 acres, the Queen “encouraged them to let off steam at Balmoral”, and their grandfather also spent quality time with them.

“He taught them how to fish, and the boys would spend hours walking with him through the wild Scottish countryside”, Kate said.

Queen Elizabeth was living at Balmoral when news of Princess Diana’s death broke, and her grandsons joined her there in 1997 to escape the hysteria surrounding their mother’s death.

In her role as head of state to the monarch, she extended an olive branch by inviting Harry and Meghan to Balmoral during their summer break.

Her family used to visit Kate and William last year with their children George, Charlotte and Louis.

Edward and Sophie also visited with Lady Louise and Viscount James.

Prince Andrew hid at the 50,000-acre estate for several weeks while US attorneys tried to serve on his sex abuse writ.

The Queen spent her final days at Balmoral enjoying time with family, reading the Racing Post and watching TV with staff.

She first stayed at the seven-bedroom Craiggowan Lodge on Royal Deeside, before moving a mile down the road to stay at Balmoral Castle on 9 August.

Her Majesty passed away at the Royal Retreat on 8 September.

She arrived at Balmoral for the last time in her second summer without Prince Philip on 23 July.

The late monarch flew in by private helicopter and was expected to stay until October to take some time off from his royal duties.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip sit on a picnic rug outside Balmoral Castle with Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Charles

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip sit on a picnic rug outside Balmoral Castle with Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Charlescredit: Getty
The Prince of Wales with his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer during a photocall ahead of their wedding while staying at Craiggowan Lodge

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The Prince of Wales with his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer during a photocall ahead of their wedding while staying at Craiggowan LodgeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Queen and Prince Philip appreciate the time they get to spend together at Balmoral

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The Queen and Prince Philip appreciate the time they get to spend together at Balmoralcredit: Getty

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