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British Royal Residences

12. března 2010 v 14:53 | Pavla K. |  Angličtina
BRITISH ROYAL RESIDENCES
Throughout the centuries Britain's kings and queens have built or bought many palaces around the United Kingdom. These palaces serve as family houses, workplaces or as centres of government.
Lots of these residences are still being used today as official Royal Residences and many of them can be visited by general public. Some residences are owned by the state and others are private - The Queen inherited them from her father.

Currant official residences are: St. James's Palace, Buckingham Palace,
Windsor Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
And private ones are: Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House

WINDSOR CASTLE
It is an official country residence of The Queen, which dates back to the time of William the Conqueror. It was built in 1080.
The Queen uses the Castle as the official workplace and as a private house too.
Always she is there for a month over Easter - from March to April. This occasion is known as Easter Court. During that time The Queen hosts occasional "dine and sleeps" events for her guests.
In June she is also there. She attends the service of the Order of the Garter and The Royal Ascot race meeting.
The Castle is often used by The Queen to host State Visits.
The Windsor Castle is also a visitor attraction. Many parts of the Castle are opened to the public - for example: St. George's Chapel, Albert Memorial Chapel, Queen Mary's Doll's House.

HOLYROODHOUSE
It is the official Scottish residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom. The Palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
It was founded as a monastery by David I, king of Scots, in 1128. Holyroodhouse is an Anglicisation of the Scots Haly Ruid (Holy Cross).
The Queen spends there one week at the beginning of each summer to host garden parties and official ceremonies.

SANDRINGHAM HOUSE
It is situated in Norfolk in England. It has been privately owned by the Royal Family since 1862.
The Sandringham estate was purchased by Queen Victoria for £22,000. The house was badly damages by fire in 1892 and as a result it was enlarged.
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family regularly spend Christmas there and stay there until the following February.

BALMORAL CASTLE
It is the private residence of The Queen.
The Castle is located on the large Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
The residence is a favourite place for The Queen and her family during the summer holidays.
About 85,000 people visit Balmoral each year.


Other occupied residences are: CLARENCE HOUSE
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
ST. JAME'S PALACE
HILLSBORUGH CASTLE

Historical residences
They are a specific set of former Royal residences which are owned by the Queen on behalf of the nation. These are all other buildings in Great Britain which once housed members of Royal Family and therefore they are historically interesting.
The Palaces are:

EDINBURGH CASTLE KEW PALACE
KENSINGTON PALACE TOWER OF LONDON
WOODSTOCK PALACE HAMPTON COURT PALACE
CUMBERLAND LODGE RICHMOND PALACE
STIRLING CASTLE


EDINBURGH CASTLE
Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland, on the top of the volcanic Castle Rock.
Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC, although the nature of early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. As one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has been involved in many historical conflicts.
Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century. The castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland, and is Scotland's second-most-visited tourist attraction.


HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace and it is situated on the banks of the Thames, south-west of London.
It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII in 1514. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.
Today, the palace is opened to the public, and is a major tourist attraction.
SOURCES:

http://www.royal.gov.uk
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk
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