Balmoral and Osborne: Queen Victoria's Two Precious Homes
Osborne House and Balmoral Castle, in the Isle of Wight and the Scottish Highlands respectively, have occupied a special part in Queen Victoria's House. Here, she spent the best years of her married life, together with Prince Albert and her children. Here, she savored her success as a queen and endured the bitterness of the Prince Consort's death.
When she died, Balmoral Castle passed on to his son, King Edward VII. To this day, it remains the personal property of the sovereign, serving the royal family's summer residence. Meanwhile, Osborne House was given to the state. It housed the Royal Naval College until 1923 and was eventually opened to public to this day.