Everything You Probably Need to Know About the Royal Family's Annual Gillies Ball in Balmorally

Queen  Elizabeth throws a celebration every year at the conclusion of her summer vacation in Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth spends her summer vacations at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle. “There, Granny seems to be the happiest. I believe she has a deep affection for the Highlands “Princess Eugenie, her granddaughter, appeared in the film Our Queen At Ninety.

The Ghillies Ball, a custom initiated by the Queen’s great-grandmother Queen Victoria, continues when she is at Balmoral. Here is all the information you need to know about the yearly dance.

What was a ghillies ball?

This was the night of the annual Ghillies Ball at Balmoral Castle, instigated by Queen Victoria in 1852, named in honour of the royal gamekeepers and household servants at the castle and its surrounding estates; who are invited to partake in a midnight ball of highland dancing with members of the royal family

The sale was completed in June 1852, the price being £32,000, and Prince Albert formally took possession that autumn.

How much did Prince Albert pay for Balmoral?

Who bought Balmoral for the royal family?

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848. In the autumn of 1842, two and a half years after her marriage to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria paid her first visit to Scotland.

ust like Birkhall, Tam-Na-Ghar is understood to be on the Balmoral estate and it's where Prince William, Duchess Kate and their kids allegedly sometimes stay when in Scotland.

Where do the royal family stay at Balmoral?

Do the royal family still have balls?

The Royal Caledonian Ball has been held every year since, except during the Boer War, World War I and World War II; following the death of King Edward VII on 6 May 1910, and during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The ball has been under the royal patronage since Edward VII.

n a sweet tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal added a black mourning pin to her green hat, which she wore front and centre of her vibrant green outfit. Mourning pins are traditionally worn by members of the royal family following a death

What was the black ball on the Queens hat?

Queen Elizabeth