Inside Birkhall – Prince Charles calls Scottish residence ‘calming and peaceful’

Prince Charles discusses his garden tribute to Prince George

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Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall have a Scottish residence on the Queen’s Balmoral estate called Birkhall, which they stay in during the summer months. Birkhall was inherited by Charles from the Queen Mother when she died in 2002. It is where Charles and Camilla honeymooned in 2005, and also where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip chose to honeymoon in 1947.

In today’s BBC interview, Charles talked fondly about Birkhall and the accompanying 53,000 acres of land: “One of the most marvellous things about [Birkhall] is it’s by this river called the Muick, and it has this wonderful sound of rushing water.

“When you are in the house it’s very calming and peaceful I think.

“It also was the first place that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought in 1848 before they bought Balmoral it has a very special atmosphere.

“The house is rather wonderful because it was built in 1713 and there have been extensions put on ever since but it’s its setting and its atmosphere,” the Prince said, excitedly pointing to his surroundings.

Prince Charles and Camilla revealed the grand entrance to Birkhall in a video on the 80th anniversary of the Battle of St Valery-en-Caux, in June 2020.

It featured an enormous blue shelter with four large podiums and four potted plants hanging from the front two podiums and from the wooden ceiling.

The front door is painted green and is above two grey concrete steps, with a glass panel above and a white frame.

The Prince of Wales opened the new NHS Nightingale hospital in London remotely via Zoom from the Drawing Room at Birkhall.

He shared a photo of his home office set-up on Instagram, which included a sweet display of family photos behind him.

Among the frames on a table on the right-hand side, next to a vase of flowers, was a picture of Charles and wife Camilla on their wedding day in 2005.

Charles filmed a BBC documentary in 2018 called ‘Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70’.

In one scene, Charles was interviewed in a reception room of the property, showing various personal mementoes on display.

One framed photo on a dresser was taken at Prince Louis’ christening in July 2018, while another showed the Queen with Princes William and Harry when they were young.

Charles had another wooden coffee table that had colourful flowers in a vase, and there was also a plant in a blue and white ceramic pot next to the window, covered by dark curtains.

Prince Charles also has an Arboretum at Birkhall which he himself planted.

He said in today’s interview: “This was a rather empty field of the farm and it didn’t need anything, so I thought, ah!

“And the great thing was I managed to plant it in the same year that my grandson was born, the eldest George, so I thought I’d call it Prince George’s Wood.”

Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was born in July 2013 making him Prince Charles’ eldest grandchild.

Charles revealed he planted the first tree in the Birkhall Arboretum when George was born, and subsequently named the garden after him, calling it Prince George’s Wood.

Speaking in the gardens of Birkhall, the Prince said it had taken too long for the world to realise the damage climate change is doing to the environment.

As well as his Scottish estate, Prince Charles divides his time between Highgrove House, near Gloucestershire, and his official London residence, Clarence House.

The Prince of Wales also inherited the Queen Mother’s former Scottish holiday home, Castle of Mey, in 2002 and opened a ten-bedroom bed and breakfast on the grounds of the castle in 2019.

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