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To say Balmoral could/should be National Trus

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Happyhapoydog · 16/09/2022 16:47

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Scotland or similar. Is Charlie going to want it? Don’t they all have their own estates?
I said this to a colleague who got really ANGRY as it’s ‘disrespectful’ after claiming only the Royals would have the money to upkeep the place. I said - turn it over to NTS or similar and give it back to the public.
she’s now not talking to me!

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Happyhapoydog · 16/09/2022 16:53

Or even better made a public park/venue

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User56785 · 16/09/2022 16:56

I was saying just the same thing today to a woman at work about your house. You should sign that over.

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Mamma80 · 16/09/2022 16:58

Its privately bought and owned not a Public property

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BobMortimersPocketMeat · 16/09/2022 16:58

The National Trust is a charity and has previously only taken on buildings when they came with an endowment to help with their upkeep, with a few honourable exceptions. They also made a policy statement in the past few years that they will move away from taking on country houses to concentrate on landscape and natural places.

If it was given to the nation, it would be managed by Historic Environment Scotland. It would be a huge undertaking and one which a public body would struggle with, I suspect.

Balmoral has been in the royal family since Queen Victoria, so I imagine most of them would be reluctant to let it go - it has been a holiday home to many of them for a long time.

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Wbeezer · 16/09/2022 17:00

It is open to the public when the royals aren't there and you can walk about on a lot of it due to the Scottish right to roam laws so I don't see what difference or would make really .

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KentuckyDerbyandJoan · 16/09/2022 17:00

Err it’s privately owned, you could maybe lead by example and donate your house OP as you feel so passionately about it 🙄

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SirChenjins · 16/09/2022 17:01

I would like to see it sectioned off into royal apartments and the turned into a residential centre for the Princes Trust - the RF could have their bit for 3 months of the year, the remaining sprawl of rooms and estate could be run as a business training centre with outward bound, arts facilities, workshops etc for the remaining 9 months.

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Butitsnotfunnyisititsserious · 16/09/2022 17:01

It's not part of the Crown estate so why on earth would it go to the National Trust? It's privately property.

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Southwest12 · 16/09/2022 17:02

It's privately owned by the Royal family, why should it be handed over or made public? I wouldn't do that with my house so why should they?

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ApolloandDaphne · 16/09/2022 17:02

I would doubt the NT would have enough money for its upkeep. Anyway it's a private home and the queen does allow visitors from April to July each year.

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sashagabadon · 16/09/2022 17:02

I think it’s privately owned by the queen so no but I wonder that it will become a museum of sorts as I can’t imagine William wanting to holiday there for 3 months every year and Charles has a house near there I think

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SherbetDips · 16/09/2022 17:03

The royal Family privately own it. Get your facts straight in future.

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BobMortimersPocketMeat · 16/09/2022 17:03

Butitsnotfunnyisititsserious · 16/09/2022 17:01

It's not part of the Crown estate so why on earth would it go to the National Trust? It's privately property.

Everything the National Trust has was previously privately owned. It’s a charity, not funded by the government.

The national collection of buildings is managed by English Heritage. This is also a charity now but is still supported in part by grant in aid from government.

Two totally different things.

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Butitsnotfunnyisititsserious · 16/09/2022 17:05

But why would the RF give up their private property to the NT? And why should they? @BobMortimersPocketMeat

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FinallyHere · 16/09/2022 17:08

I'd like to see it provided for use by a charity, according the the example set by Cumberland Lodge in the Great Park.

www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

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Plexie · 16/09/2022 17:08

The National Trust for Scotland is a separate organisation to the National Trust.

OP: Apart from the fact that it's privately owned, why would you want to lumber the cost of upkeep on the NTS or the public anyway? Is it even interesting enough to attract sufficient visitors in it's own right? Unless you think the estate will generate enough profit to maintain the castle.

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TheLightSideOfTheMoon · 16/09/2022 17:10

The Queen has been dead less than a week and Balmoral was her favourite place.

No one should be making any decisions about it right now. It’s will all be too raw for them.

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Plexie · 16/09/2022 17:11

English Heritage covers England - clue is in the name. Historic Scotland is the equivalent organisation in Scotland.

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Loachworks · 16/09/2022 17:13

User56785 · 16/09/2022 16:56

I was saying just the same thing today to a woman at work about your house. You should sign that over.

This ^^

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Pixiedust1234 · 16/09/2022 17:14

Isnt it private property? Would you like to hand your house over to charity first before telling others to do it?

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LoopyLoo1991 · 16/09/2022 17:20

It would be a massive waste of money , as there is a C&C bunker on the grounds. Finding a new location, building it & moving or scrapping all the equipment? £50 million at minimum.
Queen Victoria bought it outright. Let them keep it.

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Wardrobemalfunction22 · 16/09/2022 17:23

Its a 50,000 acre estate, including grouse moor, forests, farmland, area for deer herds and highland cattle. Much of which is already accessible to the public anyway.

If you mean Balmoral Castle, rather than the entire estate, then I can't see Historic Scotland or NTS wanting to find the money for it to be honest.

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abcd4321 · 16/09/2022 17:25

ApolloandDaphne · 16/09/2022 17:02

I would doubt the NT would have enough money for its upkeep. Anyway it's a private home and the queen does allow visitors from April to July each year.

You can roam/walk/cycle around all year on the estate. Public roads go through it. It's just the actual castle which has limited opening to the public. I think it is only the Ballroom which is accessible.

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felulageller · 16/09/2022 17:27

They should be selling off some of their private property and pay their tax just like the rest of us!!!

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BobLemon · 16/09/2022 17:32

It’s private property. Why on Earth would the NT want the MASSIVE LIABILITY of such a place?

This Queen dying malarkey has revealed shocking levels of naivety.

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