History Quiz / Royal Residences in the UK

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Can you name the Royal Residences and Private Estates in the UK?

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775 rooms
London residence of sovereigns since 1837; administrative headquarters of the Monarch; purchased by George III; transformed to palace by George IV; Victoria added a Ballroom that was the largest room in London
Branch of Lord Chamberlain's Office housed at above residence since 1830, formerly at Charing Cross; provides transport for Royal Family by horse-drawn carriage and car; houses State vehicles, including the Gold State Coach used for Coronations; originally held royal hawks at moulting or mew time
1000 rooms
Official Residence, home to Queen on weekends and Easter Court (Mar-Apr); largest occupied castle in the world, longest-occupied palace in Europe; built by William the Conquerer; Henry II rebuilt in stone; Edward III expanded it in the most expensive secular building project in the entire Middle Ages
 Chapel in above residence, named after England's patron saint; one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic' design; open to public; a Royal Peculiar, a chapel not subject to a bishop or archbishop but which owes its allegiance directly to the Sovereign
Originally, according to legend, David I built it as a monastery, this was the principal residence of the Scottish monarchy from the 16th century, and is now the Queen's official residence in Scotland; George IV ordered that the apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots be 'preserved sacred from every alteration';
Site was purchased, castle built by Albert as a gift for Victoria; today it is a working estate with farmland, game hunting, fishing, horses, cattle, and a malt whisky distillery; not an official residence, as it is owned privately by the monarch in trust; illustration on £100 notes issued by Royal Bank of Scotland
 Forest bought by Queen Victoria to save it from a timber merchant; now contains one of the largest remnants of native Cledonian Pine forests left in the country; Philip is responsible for its regeneration
Purchased, rebuilt by Edward VII, when Prince of Wales; Edward VII kept clocks 1/2 hour early to maximize daylight for hunting, tradition maintained by George V, ended by Edward VII; bombed during WWI, a crater was turned to a duck pond; commercial estate managed privately on the Queen's behalf
Senior Palace and official residence of the Sovereign; Built by Henry VIII on the site of a leper hospital; ceilings painted by Hans Holbein; State apartments enlarged by Christopher Wren; ceremonial meeting place of Accession Council; site of first of six treaties establishing the UN; ambassadors accredited here

Dating to 600s, origianally refered to priests and singers serving spiritual needs of the Sovereign, who would follow the monarch; today refers to both the collection of chapels used by monarch for worship, and for one of the major chapels in the above official residence
Designed by John Nash; residence of Dowager Queen Elizabeth until her 2002 death; official London residence of the Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; name often used as a metonym for the Prince of Wales's private office
Working Royal residence; 1689: William III bought the Jacobean mansion from his Secretary of State, had been known as Nottingham House; Christopher Wren oversaw improvements and additions; until 1760, favourite residence of successive sovereigns until George II who died there

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