The British Royal Family’s Favorite Vacation Spots

Unlike their royal tours, British royal family vacations are usually private affairs. However, we do know some of their favorite places, from Princess Margaret’s love of the island of Mustique (she owned a villa there!) to Prince Harry’s repeated trips to Botswana (he took Meghan Markle on their third date you in the country).

Read on for a list of the best vacation spots for the British royal family.


Mosquito, St. Vincent



For their third date, Meghan and Harry traveled to Botswana. “We camped together under the stars,” Harry recalled in their joint engagement interview. “We were really alone, which was crucial for me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other.” Talk about a romantic vacation!

They would have stayed in Meno a Kwena, near the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The Sussexes returned the following year to celebrate Meghan’s birthday in the country.

After: Why Meghan and Harry’s third date was so important


Majorca, Spain

Prince Charles and Princess Diana took their sons William and Harry to Mallorca in 1987, where they stayed with the Spanish royal family. Diana loved it so much that she returned the following year.

After: GTC Mallorca travel guide


Corfu, Greece

Prince Charles and Camilla have been spotted spending their summer holidays in Corfu, Greece for many years. The island has a royal history: it was here that Prince Philip was born in 1921.

Recently, in the summer of 2022, Prince Edward and his family spent two weeks on the island, proving that even for new generations of royals, Corfu has lasting appeal.

After: Greece is more popular than ever, but it can still surprise you


Klosters, Switzerland

Prince Charles loves to ski in Klosters in the Swiss Alps; he even has two chairlifts named after him. (But Camila, unlike Diana, doesn’t like to ski).

Although famous for skiing, Klosters is beautiful in the summer, with plenty of hiking trails and outdoor activities.

After: These are the favorite ski resorts of European royalty


Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago off Cornwall where the Cambridges have visited on many occasions. There’s a story there: Prince William visited the islands when he was young, alongside his parents and brother. They are the UK’s only tropical islands and, according to their tourist site, they are “exceptionally beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt”. It looks like the perfect vacation spot.

After: Kate Middleton, Prince William and their children go on vacation to the Isles of Scilly


The Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Last but not least, the British Royal Family’s favorite summer vacation spot is in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Castle. Queen Elizabeth spent every August there, with various members of her family coming to spend part of the month with her.

“I think granny is the happiest there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands,” her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, said in a documentary. Our queen at ninety. “Walks, picnics, dogs – lots of dogs, there are always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time. It’s a nice base for grandma and grandpa, for that we can come see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run.”

After: Inside the Royals’ favorite Scottish getaway, Balmoral Castle

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