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Why have one castle when you can have two?

That’s likely not Queen Elizabeth II’s rationale, but we have to give it to her: her second residence in Edinburgh, Scotland is just as breathtaking as her main home at Buckingham Palace in London.

This is Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Allie Caren)
Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Allie Caren)

Not bad, right? We didn’t think so either.

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Allie Caren)
Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Allie Caren)

Holyrood Palace is located just off of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a street filled with local cashmere sellers, quirky souvenir shops, and pubs. It isn’t far from the Scottish Parliament Building either, who gets this beautiful view right from its office windows:

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Allie Caren)
Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Allie Caren)
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