Birkhall mansion is an 18 century estate built in 1715. It was bought by Price Albert in 1849. Currently it serves as the private residence of Prince Charles who usually spends his summer vacations there enjoying fishing & taking long walks in the Scottish countryside along with his wife. It was also the venue for Prince Charles's second honeymoon in 2005.
Location: It is situated near Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
Accommodation: The vast estate is spread over 53000 acres with Lush gardens surrounding it and the river Muick flowing nearby. It has 4 bedrooms, a massive hall, a beautifully designed living room and a dining room.
Features: The house has been decorated with antique Scottish furniture dating back to the 18th & 19th century. The expensive drapes, rugs & curtains have mostly been sourced from Scottish enterprises. The walls are adorned with paintings of famous artists. Prince Charles green focus has left its imprint on the house. The heating system in the house has been designed in an environmental friendly manner by installing a wood chip boiler that uses waste wood as fuel. The electrical fittings make use of energy saving appliances. The gardens & farms in the estate are intended to develop in an organic way.
Neighborhood: Famous film actor & director Kevin McKidd stays near Birkhall estate.
Charles and Elizabeth at Birkhall a few years ago at Birkhall mansion
Aerial view of royal residency
Llwynywermod estate has been the official residence of Prince Charles & his wife Camilla who holds the title of “Duchess of Cornwall” since 2008. It actually belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall who purchased it in 2007.
Location: It is located inside the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales in close proximity to the villages of Llandovery & Myddfai.
Accommodation: The estate spans an area of 192 acres out of which 150 acres has been earmarked for grazing & the rest of it is forest land. The house has 3 bedrooms, a central hall which can double up, a dining room and a living room. The house opens itself to a courtyard.
Features: Local materials have been extensively used in the mansion. The lime plaster & stones used to renovate the building were sourced from Wales. Interior decoration has been achieved with extensive use of Welsh textiles & Ewenny pottery items. Even the curtains have been lined with Welsh shirting flannel. Rugs have been sourced from the local Solva Woollen Mill. An antique Carmarthenshire dresser dating back to the 18th Century is used by Camilla. The furniture is a mix of antique Welsh & modern designs. Modern amenities like dishwasher, high speed internet & washing machine are present. Prince Charles has left a very strong green footprint in the mansion. The electricity is generated from renewable sources. The food grown in the farm is 100% organic and is completely devoid of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Sheep wool & cob filling insulate the building.
Llwynywermod mansion of Prince Charles
Royal Residence of Prince Charles
Highgrove House is a country house built as per Palladian architectural standards. It was built in 1750 by the Adam brothers for the Fifth Earl of Dumfries, William Dalrymple. It is listed as a Category A historical building. Prince Charles played a stellar role in restoring this mansion to its former glory.
Location: Dumfries House is situated in Ayrshire, Scotland, 2 miles to the west of Cumnock.
Accommodation: The main building is a three storied house linked to its smaller pavilions via interconnected wings. A massive entrance hall welcomes the visitors. The house has a massive master bedroom along with a few other smaller bedrooms. The Blue Drawing Room takes its name from the predominantly blue holstered furniture adorning it. There is a study room along with the “Pink Dining Room” which got its name from the pink painted walls in the room.
Features: The house is decorated with 18th century antique furniture & still retains most of them. They cost quite a bomb. For instance the Chippendale rosewood bookcase is valued at £ 4 million. The combined value of several other mahogany furniture runs into millions of pounds. The main staircase has been built from oak wood. Paintings of famous artists like Jacob de Heusch adorn the room's walls. Bleached American walnut has been used in paneling the walls of the Tapestry room. Jean Monro chintz adds beauty to several bedrooms. The gardens of the lavish estate are ranked among the finest in the entire U.K. The river Lugar runs very near to the 2000 acre estate, which is a pleasing sight to have from the house.
Neighborhood: Influential Scottish Labor party politician Jack McConnell & famous writer William McIlvanney stay near Dumfries house.
Aston Martin DB6 MKII Vantage Volante
Prince Charles, his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, was gifted on his 21st Birthday, an incredibly unique Aston Martin DB6 MKII Vantage Volante. In addition to being one of the longest Aston Martin Productions ever, the DB6 boasts of exquisite specifications like open-air motoring and liberally appointed leather upholstery, deep-pile carpets and an electrically operated hood that represents the very best of British engineering and design. Quite recently, on a special request made by the Prince, the car added another feather to its cap, when its engines were converted to run on bio-ethanol, made from English wine wastage, to make it more energy efficient.
Prince Charles' Aston Martin Volante goes up on Bonhams
Prince Charles drives Aston Martin DB6 MKII Vantage Volante
Prince Charles got married to Lady Diana Spencer in a fairytale wedding ceremony on July 1981 in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. The grand ceremony cost $48 million at that time. About 750 million people worldwide watched the wedding on live television which was attended by hundreds of dignitaries from round the world. Princess Diana wore a lacy sequined hand embroidered meringue gown made from silk taffeta and studded with 10,000 pearls designed by David Emanuel on her big day. The main wedding cake took about 14 weeks of preparation time.
Prince Charles looked happier and excited while skiing though the snowy Swiss mountain at the Klosters resort in Graubünden. The Prince was dressed in a turquoise blue outfit. This resort has been a popular one for the Prince over the years. He has visited it many a times with his two son during the 80's. However, last Friday when the prince was spotted, his two sons were not in the background.
Location: Klosters or Klosters-Serneus, is basically a Swiss municiplity located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. It lies within the Prättigau/Davos district. The popular skiing resort lies just 150 km from Zurich. From Davos, it takes approximately 1.5 hours via flight to reach this destination. The slopes of this very popular skiing location can be easily accesible through cable cars.
Accommodation: Switzerland in itself is a very popular holiday destination. It experiences strong tourist presence all around the year. klosters, the skiing hub of Switzerland, features some quality hotels for accommodation purpose. Some popular names include Walserhof, Alpina, Berghaus Alpenroesli, Sport Klosters, Vereina, and Silvretta Parkhotel.
Local attractions:The view of alps is surely the most common and popular attraction in this part of the world. Skiing and snowboarding are popular activities for the tourists. However, Switzerland is not only about the mountains and scenic landscapes. There are museums, parks, botanical garden, cathedrals, and art galleries available too. Rhine Falls offers spectacular water falling view. There are similar waterfalls available in other parts of Switzerland too. The Aare George in the Hasli Valley is also a top attraction. Viamala, the deepest abyss can surely run a chill through the spine. Trime Ravine offer a very impressive water landscape.
Vacation in Switzerland
Skiing with Prince Williams
The Prince's Regeneration Trust
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is one of the 17 charities personally founded and presided over by the Prince. The primary purpose of the trust is the preservation of historic buildings from demolition and decay so that they end up being re-generated and re-used. The projects undertaken by the trusts have a twofold agenda, first, ensuring a sustainable and viable future for these buildings, and second, so that they act as catalysts for regeneration of the communities where these buildings are located. Quite recently, the Prince accompanied by the Queen visited the regeneration of the Weaver’s Triangle in Burnley. The regeneration was jointly coordinated by the Regeneration Trust, local self-help groups and other charities of Prince Charles.
The British Red Cross Society previously known as the British National Society for aid of the sick and wounded was formally constituted in the year 1908 by a royal charter from King Edward VII. The organization operates on the principles of the International Committee of Red Cross, Geneva. It consists of volunteers drawn from all sections of the society who are specifically trained to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to people during wars, civil unrest and natural catastrophes like floods, earthquakes and famines. Since assuming presidency of the Organization in the year 2003, Prince Charles has actively participated in many International assignments of British Red Cross. He has visited countries like Iran & Pakistan to oversee relief efforts for earthquake victims, hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 100 years of the organization’s Royal Charter in summer 2008, and undertaken Red Cross first aid courses.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospice
A Pioneer in providing health care services for families with sick children, the Shooting Star Trust was founded in the year 1995 by Miss Katherine Turner (MBE). Today after the merger of its two wings i.e. the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice and CHASE hospice care for children into Shooting Star CHASE, the merged entity looks after 600 families living across West London, Surrey and West Sussex, treating sick children below the age of nineteen years. The hospice was officially opened by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in February 2006.
The Prince's Trust is a youth charitable trust that helps transform young lives. The trust gives practical and financial support, nurturing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. Youth primarily belonging to the age group of 13 to 30-year-old who had poor performances at school, or were unemployed for longer terms or had a brush with law, are taken care of via this trust. The trust has helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976, moving some of them into work, education or training and support as per need. Prince Charles is an active associate of the trust and he inaugurated the induction program of Trust warders into the Northumberland Fire & Rescue Services in the year 2010.