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Sunday, 24 April 2016

My Sunday Photo... Balmoral Castle

Today, I have an old photograph which I hope you'll forgive me for posting.
I thought it would be appropriate due to this week's celebration of Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday.
Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar, is the Balmoral Estate which I visited around this time last year. 
It was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848 and the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.
If you'd like to read my blog post and see more photographs from my visit, then click here.
"Happy Birthday Your Majesty"
Oh yes and "Happy Birthday Son"... it was his birthday yesterday.

As usual I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo
and Wordless (on Tuesday at image-in-ing)
and also with Mersad over at Through my lens.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for visiting my place.


55 comments:

  1. I think it is very appropriate - and what a beautiful photograph too #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Thanks Victoria, it was a great day out. So much so that I plan to visit again this summer, but obviously not when the Queen is in residence.

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  2. We've never managed to get to Balmoral but I love how it looks - so imposing and foreboding, like something out of a ghost story.

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    1. It may give that appearance due to my photograph Tim and the weather. The actual castle is stunning and you can actually go into the ballroom when visiting.

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  3. Such a beautiful castle and a very appropriate photo to mark the Queen's 90th birthday :-)

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    1. I've not been too well this week for gallivanting on photographic shoots Louise, plus the weather hasn't been that kind... we've even had snow flurries to accompany the arctic blast today, so I thought this photo would be a suitable and relevant stand in.

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  4. I don't think I've ever seen Balmoral from this angle before; what a majestic castle it is
    A very appropriate shot for this week
    #SundayPhoto

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    1. Thanks... I just thought it would be suitable to post given all the celebrations that have gone on this week. I really must nip up there again before The Queen arrives for her summer break. It really is so interesting.

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  5. What a beautiful castle it is and looking at your photo makes me realise just how big it is. A perfect photo for this week.

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    1. It is truly stunning and I really felt the history and beauty of the castle when visiting it. I'm looking forward to visiting again once the weather improves. Snow flurries and arctic blasts don't really make you want to venture far from the wood burner!

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  6. What a beautiful building...Just perfect for this week x

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    1. Well that's what I thought Kim. I haven't been able to get out and about this week, so it fitted perfectly I thought.

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  7. What a beautiful place! I'd love to visit there - it looks like a scene from a fairy tale.
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/04/stop-looking-at-me.html and for your kind comments. Hope to see you each week!

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    1. I think it has all the fairy tale qualities Sue,
      It's certainly got history and so many stories to tell... plus the obvious prince and princess' included too.

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  8. Spires and turrets! It's not often you get to see both. Love a good castle.

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    1. Well there's certainly many castles in this part of the country.
      I can think of six that are very near here... and that's not counting Balmoral Castle.

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  9. what stories these walls could tell!

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    1. I always think that about historical buildings Laurie, and I think that this particular castle would have fantastic tales to tell.

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  10. Adore Balmoral -- such a beautiful photograph at just the right angle. Yes, Happy Birthday to my lovely Queen. I cannot quite imagine my life without her. hugs, Donna

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    1. This photo was taken as we approached the castle for the first time.
      There's been some incredible footage on the TV over this past birthday week to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. I saw a fantastic video clip showing her image going from a cute baby all the way through her life to present day. It really does show just how much she has witnessed and the changes she's seen during her lifetime.

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  11. Hi Neesie, I've never been to Scotland before, let alone Balmoral Castle. I bet it has a tale or two to tell. Hope your son had a fantastic birthday.

    xx

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    1. Hi Debbie, Scotland is a very special place and it not only has a tale or two to tell... it has a whole book... no probably a library full of tales!
      There's masses of history, beautiful countryside, scenery and yes sometimes even the weather. It can be a photographer's paradise.
      My son had a great birthday thanks. I just can't believe he's six foot tall and 24 years old!

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  12. It looks a magnificent estate and a perfect post for the royal celebrations. Have a great Sunday Neesie x

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    1. I haven't been out and about much this week, so decided to post this old photo would be perfect, considering it's been such an important week for our longest serving monarch.

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  13. Sweetest Denise,
    I think that there wasn't a most suited photo to celebrate this wonderful Queen's Birthday, given the importance this amazing castle had and still have for Her, thank you for sharing it with us !

    Hope you're enjoying your Sunday,
    I'm sending you love and gentle hugs

    Dany

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    1. It was my pleasure to share this photo with you Dany,
      It's a fantastic place to visit and I hope to return once again in the coming months.
      The weekend has been a good one, even with an arctic blast that has come to visit. Hopefully it'll disappear soon.

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  14. What a stunning building. I bet it's seen so many things over the years.

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. It certainly has Darren,
      It's a great place to visit and to see lots of the memorabilia and historical photographs is quite a treat.
      Thanks for visiting and hosting. Enjoy your Sunday evening.

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  15. I love older buildings and the history they hold and this is very majestic.
    Very apt for this week too.
    Hope your son enjoyed his day :) x

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    1. This particular building has incredible history Jayne, and that's what makes visiting it so special, because you get to see some of it. Being able to enter a small part of the Castle... the Ballroom where photographs and items are on display, which makes it feel so very real.
      My son had a great birthday thanks.

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  16. Wow! She's 90 years old! Quite the nice Scottish get-away, I must say. ;)

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    1. She is indeed Rita, and doing incredibly well by the look of it.
      Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great great grandmother Victoria. Amazing!

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  17. Happy birthday HRM! Lovely photo too #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Indeed,
      Plus William Shakespeare, St George and my son, who have all had birthday tributes and celebrations this past week.

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  18. Are you allowed to look inside? I'd love to go here one day!

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    1. You are indeed Tas, and I can really recommend it if you're ever in the area. The Ballroom is open to visitors, which has various treasures, photographs and artifacts on display. The stables and along with the amazing grounds are free for you to roam around and there's also a cafe and shop.
      If you'd like to see more then the link in the post will lead you there.

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  19. You lucky, lucky lady! I would just love to do this. Who knows?
    Thanks for the picture and the previous pictures.
    Sandy xx

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    1. My pleasure Sandy, although seeing the weather today might put you off a little. Arctic blast is bringing snow and it's only 3 degrees! Not my idea of spring at all.

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    1. Thanks... I thought it was an appropriate one for this week.

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  21. This is very appropriate for the Queen Birthday

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    1. That's what I thought Margaret. I plan to revisit later in the next few months (hopefully when the weather improves) so will have some more shots of this impressive building.

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  22. Hello! So nice to find your blog through the link ups! Balmoral is a stunning castle though I've only been as close as the gates which are impressive! I can understand why the Queen loves spending time here!
    Best wishes Christineandhercamera.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Christine, pleasure to be here sharing my snaps.
      I've taken photos of those gates... they are impressive aren't they?
      I've got the link in the post above, if you'd like to see more.
      I hope to visit again once the weather improves, but obviously that won't be in August when The Queen is in residence.
      Thanks for stopping by... and for choosing to be my latest follower... I'm thrilled. Welcome aboard!

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  23. You did the right thing for posting this stunning and majestic castle. xx

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    1. Aww thanks Melody, this photo seems to be well liked and I'm happy that I decided to link it.

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  24. It's perfect Denise! Just the right tribute and just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment Marie,
      I thought it was appropriate and I'm happy that everyone has liked it.

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  25. Sorry for being a tad tardy arriving for your Sunday photo on Tuesday, but it was our Anzac Day holiday weekend, the next one is of course Queens Birthday weekend! This is a perfect photo for the Queen's Birthday week!
    Wren x

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    1. How could I think you tardy Wren, you've been gallivanting around the whole of Victoria and managed Anzac Day too.
      I am usually late myself and struggling to answer comments plus visiting everyone.
      It's just lovely to see you here.

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  26. What an amazing place to visit. I would love to visit Scotland one day, my Great Grandmother came to Australia as a young girl from there. I don't think I'd mind owning a place like that. The Queen's Birthday has certainly been a big thing and it has been lovely seeing photos and footage of her and her family. She reminds me a lot of my Great Grandmother actually. Happy Birthday to your son as well.

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  27. What a beautiful view of Balmoral. I've never visited, but I would love to x

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  28. So regal and elegant -- yes, this is the perfect photo for this historic week!

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  29. Driven by but never been on the grounds, the only castle I've been to is Glamis and that a glorified big house not a castle :p

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