Inside Prince Charles’ £45 Scottish country house that he will never live in

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles split their time amongst their four royal residencies in England, Wales and Scotland.

In Scotland they reside at Birkhall – the former home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Charles’ grandmother.

The Prince of Wales however also owns another majestic estate north of the border, namely Dumfries House.

The property which is set across 2,000 acres and boasts a stunning 18th century house and adventure garden was originally known as Lefnoreis or Lochnorris and belonged to a branch of Craufurds of Loudoun, before being sold to William Crichton, the 2nd Earl of Dumfries, in 1635.

In 1814, Dumfries House was inherited by John Crichton-Stuart, the 2nd Marquess of Bute, and the property remained in the Crichton-Stuart family until 2007, which is when it was purchased by Charles and his charity, The Prince’s Foundation, for a cool £45 million.

Following restoration works, Dumfries House opened to the public for guided tours on June 6, 2008, for the first time in 250 years.

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Unlike other royal homes, the estate is not intended as a residence for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, instead being used for a range of education and training opportunities and it is open to the public all year round.

In 2017, Prince Charles celebrated the 10-year anniversary since the purchase of Dumfries House.

The Duke of Rothesay – as he’s known in Scotland – was quoted in the Dumfries House Magazine as saying at the time: "We now have over 150 employees and thousands of individuals using the estate.

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“My hope, therefore, is that this publication can help to involve a wider audience of supporters by providing an insight to all that happens on this estate and to its even more important outreach work."

During that same year, Prince Charles was joined by Ireland's president Michael D Higgins in Dumfries Houses' Yellow Room.

The Prince of Wales had in previous years also met with the then-First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, at the estate.

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Dumfries House is host to the annual Wool Conference, where key members of the fashion, interiors and wool industry join to support Prince Charles' Campaign for Wool.

The Prince of Wales has also been joined at the Scottish property by famous television duo Ant and Dec, during the filming of their documentary, When Ant and Dec Met The Prince.

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