On April 9, 2005 a car emblazoned with the words “Just Married” whisked newlyweds Prince Charles and his bride, the former Camilla Parker Bowles, from Windsor Castle at the start of a journey that would ultimately lead the pair to Birkhall on the Balmoral estate, where they would spend their first 10 days as husband and wife. On April 9, 2008, the couple welcomed an intimate gathering of guests to their hideaway in the Highlands as they celebrated three years of wedded bliss, Hello magazine online reports.
Although accommodation is not available to the public in Balmoral Castle or Birkhall (the former Balmoral residence of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, which Prince Charles inherited upon his grandmother’s passing), romantics who wish to follow in the footsteps of the royals can book a stay in one of the many holiday cottages that grace the Balmoral estate. Two Colt cottages are cozy quarters situated near the castle, while the beauty of Connachat Cottage is framed by the trees of Ballochbuie Forest. The babbling waters of the River Dee can be heard from Garb Allt Shiel, a venue that can hold up to seven guests, while occupants staying inside the Old Schoolhouse are awarded with a view of the River Muick. Able to accommodate up to 13 guests, Alltnaguibhsaich Lodge is nestled in the verdant grounds of Glen Muick.
Fans of the royal family and nature lovers alike can take an audio tour of the grounds and gardens annually from late March through July. Although Balmoral is a private residence, visitors can get a glimpse of the regal retreat with a tour through the ballroom.
Currently enjoying a two-week romantic getaway at their Scottish sanctuary, no doubt the Duchess of Cornwall will be reminded of her happy memories of her wedding day, when she donned two creations by Robinson Valentine– first for a civil ceremony at Guildhall in the town of Windsor, and later for a religious blessing of the couple’s union at St. George’s Chapel. The following YouTube clip from ITN Source takes royal watchers back in time to April 9, 2005 as The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall become husband and wife: