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Why Does The Queen And Prince Philip's Summer Home Have This Naughty Nickname?

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By Clarissa Wilson

Although Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's main home is in London at Buckingham Palace, they have another beloved estate they stay at every summer. It is Balmoral Castle in Scotland. This estate is just one of two that the Queen and Prince Philip own privately.

Balmoral Castle is the Queen's favorite place to stay in the summer. According to CheatSheet, the castle was bought by Prince Albert for his wife, Queen Victoria in 1852. The Queen and Prince Philip love this estate so much that they traveled to it and stayed there for their 25th wedding anniversary.

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Everyone has fun when visiting Balmoral Castle. The Queen and Prince Philip don't travel to or stay there alone. They have a large amount of staff who travel to the castle with them to take care of the grounds and the castle. It is because of these staff members that the Queen's Balmoral Castle got a naughty nickname.

The Queen and Prince Philip's beloved castle is so loved by them and their staff because this is the one place where everyone can be more carefree.

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Not only do the Queen and Prince Philip enjoy going to Balmoral Castle for a change of scenery while their main home is open to the public for tours, they also enjoy going there to ride horses, walk around the property, partaking in Scottish dancing, and watching the annual Highland Games. They also host their relatives here, enjoying spending their summer vacation with family and friends.

Balmoral Castle is worth $140 million. According to Royal commentator, Ingrid Seward, it's thanks to the staff that the castle is nicknamed Immoral Balmoral.

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The reason for this naughty nickname and why it's because of the staff that it even has this nickname is because while staying at Balmoral Castle, the staff get a little too carefree and have affairs with each other. According to Seward, there isn't much else for them to do during their stay here, besides their work in keeping the castle and the grounds safe and clean at all times.

Seward told Express, "There’s really nothing for staff to do there except having affairs with each other, which is how it got its name Immoral Balmoral."

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Seward also talked about the nickname of the castle in her 1995 book, Prince Edward: A Biography. According to Seward, the Queen isn't mad or even bothered by the nickname or even for the reason why. She is actually fascinated by it, in fact.

Seward wrote in her book, "The staff enjoy their holiday flings, of different kinds, each according to his or her taste, and much to the Queen’s fascination"

The Queen is most happy at Balmoral Castle. According to her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie of York, it is one of the Queen's favorite places to spend time.

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Princess Eugenie said, "I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands. It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run.” Princess Eugenie said this in the documentary about the Queen called Our Queen at Ninety.

What else is so special about Balmoral Castle is that it is one of two properties owned by the Queen and Prince Philip privately. This means it isn't a part of the monarchy, belonging to them only.

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