The royals are sticklers for keeping their private lives private and the majority of their homes remain off-limits to the public.
However, those hoping to get a taste of royal life for a spot of luck, as we can reveal the six royal residences you can stay in.
From the Castle of Mey in Scotland, which was the Queen Mother’s home from 1952 until 1996, where prices start at an eye-watering £50,000 for a weekend visit, to the Her Majesty’s home of Sandringham in Norfolk, we give you a glimpse inside the royal quarters.
Castle of Mey, Scotland
The Castle of Mey was the official residence of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996 before she gifted it to The Trust- guests can stay in its Captain’s House
Boasting views of the Orkney Isles where Queen used to picnic, it opens its doors for holiday lets, and reportedly charges up to £50,000 long weekend stay (Queen mother seen at Mey)
Guests can stay at the Captain’s House (seen), a three-bedroom cottage which sleeps six in one double and two twin rooms
The Castle of Mey was the official residence of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996 before she gifted it to The Trust.
Guests can stay at the Captain’s House, a three-bedroom cottage which sleeps six in one double and two twin rooms.
This detached house offers luxury self catering holiday cottage accommodation for visitors to Caithness.
The Captain’s House, (Referred to previously as Seaview House), sleeps six in one double and two twin rooms and is thought to have played host to the Queen Mother’s picnic lunchs.
The 20 ft conservatory overlooks the enclosed garden and offers panoramic views over the Pentland Firth to Orkney.
Boasting views of the Orkney Isles, it opens its doors for holiday lets, and reportedly charges up to £50,000 for a long weekend stay.
Llwynywermod Estate, Wales
The North Range cottages are located at Llwynywermod, the Welsh home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and start at £950 for 7 nights
The North Range cottages are located at Llwynywermod, the Welsh home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
The residences’ heating and hot water are powered by a wood chip boiler and electricity provided by a renewable source, in line with Charles’ green credentials.
Costing £950 for a minimum stay of seven nights, you can even bring up to two dogs during your holiday at a cost of £30 per dog per week.
Sandringham is perhaps one of the Queen’s most known and loved country retreats, having been in the royal family for four generations since 1862 and is open to guests
Sandringham is perhaps one of the Queen’s best known and most loved country retreats, having been in the royal family for four generations since 1862.
The estate offers guests the opportunity to stay at three locations- a cottage named Garden House, formerly the Head Gardener’s home costs £875 a week or its Caravan & Motorhome Club site.
It also offers stays at Park House Hotel, which was the childhood home of the late Diana, before she offered it to Leonard Cheshire Disability as a hotel for disabled people in 1983.
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’ said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, Isle of Wight, where the Pavilion Cottage and Sovereign’s Gate Holiday Cottages are available to stay in
Osborne House on the picturesque Isle of Wight was once the sprawling seaside retreat of Queen Victoria who claimed it would be ‘impossible to imagine a prettier spot’.
Today, it remains under the care of English Heritage and is deemed a tourist attraction, often hosting picnic-style concerts on the lawn or allowing for visitors to holiday there.
And while only royals can say at the house, the Pavilion Cottage and Sovereign’s Gate Holiday Cottages are available to stay in for us mere mortals.
Prices start from £460 for a minimum of three nights depending on the time of year.
Les Jolies Eaux, Mustique
The opulent Caribbean villa where Prince Margaret threw wild cocktail parties in the eighties is available to rent for up to £27,500 a week
The opulent Caribbean villa where Prince Margaret threw wild cocktail parties in the eighties is available to rent for up to £27,500 a week.
Margaret moved into her Mustique house Les Jolies Eaux – a belated wedding gift from her old friend Colin Tennant – in 1973 and furnished it mainly with free gifts hoovered up during her annual visits to the Ideal Home Exhibition.
It became the glamorous princess’s getaway from the world’s scrutiny as her marriage to the late Lord Snowdon imploded, and was where Queen Elizabeth’s sister had her own steamy affair with a landscape gardener 17 years her junior.
The stunning home sits on 10 acres given as a wedding present to Princess Margaret in 1959 from Lord Glenconner, and comes with five en-suite bedrooms, two swimming pools, one 40ft and another 16ft, panoramic views of the Atlantic and five servants including a chef, butler, maid, housekeeper and gardener.
Prices for the villa, which sleeps ten, start at $20,500 (£16,600) a week in low season to $34,000 in the summer, which includes two ‘Mules’ – the golf buggy style vehicles that provide the island’s transport.
Food is extra, starting at $75 (£60) per person per day, and is prepared by Judi Duncan, a classically trained private chef who has worked at the home for decades, creating sumptuous meals with the finest ingredients flown onto the island or caught fresh from the surrounding waters.
Rosersberg Palace, Sweden
Rosersberg Palace became a royal palace in the 18th century, and rooms start at a surprisingly affordable £138 per night
Built by the ancient Swedish noble family the Oxenstiernas in the 1630s, Rosersberg Palace became a royal palace when the state gifted it to Gustav III’s younger brother Karl XIII in the 18th century.
The Cavalier Wing houses the palace’s original guest rooms, which start at a surprisingly affordable £138 a night, with antique flooring, tiled stoves and deep window bays.
There are more rooms in the Theatre Wing, which housed the palace theatre in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The rooms of Källarbacken, a Functionalist style building from the late 1950s, have been renovated and decorated in cooperation with Svensk Tenn.
A conference package is available available with various themes. The Culture theme includes guided tours of Rosersberg Palace, one of the best preserved palaces from the turn of the 19th century.