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EDINBURGH, Scotland — Originally founded as a monastery in 1128 AD, today the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the Queen in Scotland.

Pulse News Mexico photo/Melissa T. Castro

Set against a stunning backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, and on the opposite end of Edinburgh Castle via The Royal Mile, this is a must-see on any trip to Edinburgh. Holyroodhouse has served as the principal royal residence in Scotland since the 16th century, and is the official setting for state occasions and royal entertainment in the Scottish capital.

Although she spends most of her time in Scotland at the better-known Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire, at the start of each summer, Queen Elizabeth II spends a week at Holyroodhouse, which once was the the home of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The grandeur of Holyroodhouse is plainly on display on display in its beautifully manicured gardens, massive castle yard, ornate foundation and memorial statue to Edward VII.

Pulse News Mexico photo/Melissa T. Castro

But the inside of the palace — which is open to the public whenever Elizabeth is not around (i.e., 51 weeks a year), is a testament to its glorious — and sometimes, inglorious — regal history, with a majestic dining hall set for 30, stately throne room bedecked with royal portraits, morning drawing-room with wall-to-wall in French tapestries and, perhaps most impressive of all, the king’s sleeping chamber with a giant, red, four-poster bed and ornate fireplace.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except during July and August, when it is open seven days a week.

Admission to Holyroodhouse is £17.50 in July and August, and £18.50 during the rest of the year.






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