Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle b is a large estate house in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire
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, Scotland
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. It is located near the village of Crathie, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of Ballater
Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on the River Dee, immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains. Situated at a height of 123m in elevation, Ballater is a centre for hikers and known for its spring water, once said to cure scrofula.-History:The medieval pattern of development along...

 and 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) east of Braemar
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. Balmoral has been one of the residences of the British Royal Family
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 since 1852, when it was purchased by Queen Victoria
Victoria of the United Kingdom
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 and her consort
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, Prince Albert. It remains the private property of the monarch, and is not part of the Crown Estate
Crown Estate
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Soon after the estate was purchased the existing house was found to be too small.