With Queen Elizabeth turning 92 this year, it is no wonder that more and more people are asking what will happen when she dies, apart from the United Kingdom getting a new monarch. As the new king, Charles will be able to use Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle as the reigning monarch, since both palaces are owned by the Crown. However, Queen has other estates she owns personally, like Balmoral Castle and Sandringham Estate.
Will Charles inherit those as well?
Prince Charles has announced a few years back that he doesn’t plan on using Buckingham Palace as his residence once he is crowned. Instead, he wishes to remain in his current royal residence, Clarence House and only use Buckingham as the ceremonial palace.
“He doesn’t see it as a viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world,” one of the sources close to the royal family revealed. “He feels its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective is not sustainable,” they added.
He will most likely inherit Balmoral Castle and Sandringham Estate since both estates have been passed on to the heir of the throne in the last two generations. That is how Queen Elizabeth got them, when her father, King George VI, left them to her after his death.
Where does Prince Charles reside now?
Prince Charles owns several estates in his own name. He currently retains Clarence House as his official residence, which is very close to Buckingham Palace and he and Camille use Highgrove House, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, as their family home.
Even if he does inherit Balmoral, Prince Charles probably won’t use it, since he traditionally stays at Birkhall when in Scotland. He also has an estate in Wales, called Llwynywemod, but he may gift it to Prince William to celebrate his new title Prince of Wales.