Friday, October 22, 2010

Antique Image of the Day: “The New Castle at Balmoral,” 1854

The New Castle at Balmoral
June, 1854
Wilson and Hay
The Royal Collection
During the 1840’s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert greatly enjoyed their visits to Scotland and decided to make a permanent residence there.  In 1848, they acquired the lease on the estate at Balmoral and purchased the property outright in 1852.  They found the existing home on the grounds to be too small for their needs.  Prince Albert worked very closely with architects and designers to build a new castle nearer to the River Dee.  This rare photograph is one of only a few which shows Balmoral Castle under construction.  Taken in 1854, the image is an interesting look at a British Landmark during its “birth.” Balmoral Castle was completed in 1856 and was Queen Victoria’s preferred home.  The castle is still a favorite of The Royal Family.

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