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British Royal Palaces and Homes Quiz

How well do you know the British royal palaces and homes? Enjoy this royal quiz.

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British Royal Residences Quiz: 20 Questions

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Where is Balmoral Castle?
    • Wales.
    • Northern Ireland.
    • Scotland.
  2. Why did Queen Victoria purchase Sandringham House in Norfolk in 1862?
    • To keep her son and heir Edward, Prince of Wales away from London and scandals.
    • To set up a retirement home for royals in the country where the inhabitants paid no rent or bills.
    • She hadn't bought a new property in 10 years and decided that it was time to invest in a new residence.
  3. What is the name of the British monarch's official residence in Northern Ireland?
    • Carrickfergus Castle.
    • Hillsborough Castle.
    • Belfast Castle.
  4. What was Hampton Court Palace before it was a home to Cardinal Wolsey and a royal residence?
    • A college.
    • A cathedral.
    • A granary.
  5. Which king gave Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to the nation in 1901?
    • George V.
    • George VI.
    • Edward VII.
  6. What is the name of Charles, Prince of Wales' home in Gloucestershire?
    • Gatcombe Park.
    • Highgrove House.
    • Gloucester House.
  7. What were the names of the royal couple who purchased Nottingham House, London which later became Kensington Palace?
    • George II and Caroline of Ansbach.
    • Henry VIII and Catherine Parr.
    • William III and Mary II.
  8. How many rooms are there at Buckingham Palace in London?
    • 642.
    • 515.
    • 775.
  9. On which Caribbean island was Les Jolies Eaux, home to Princess Margaret (Elizabeth II's late sister)?
    • Mustique.
    • Martinique.
    • Monserrat.
  10. How old is James IV's construction at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish residence of the British monarch?
    • 14th century.
    • 12th century.
    • 16th century.
  11. Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex live at which country estate?
    • Bagshot Park near Windsor.
    • Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire
    • Park House, Sandringham.
  12. Which Tudor built royal palace is on The Mall, London near to Buckingham Palace?
    • Kensington Palace.
    • St. James Palace.
    • Westminster Palace.
  13. What was the other name given to Greenwich Palace, home to royals until Charles II had it razed to the ground in 1660?
    • Palace of Aurum (meaning gold).
    • Palace of Probus (meaning honest).
    • Palace of Placentia (meaning pleasure).
  14. Thatched Lodge House is the home of Elizabeth II's cousin Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy. Where is it located?
    • Richmond Park, London.
    • Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.
    • Sandringham Estate, Norfolk.
  15. What was Greenwich Palace used for in the 1640's and 1650's?
    • An armoury.
    • A biscuit factory.
    • A Puritan school.
  16. The Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland belongs to Charles, Prince of Wales. Who purchased it in 1952?
    • Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
    • Queen Elizabeth II.
    • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  17. Tamarisk House on the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall provides a home for the Duke of Cornwall. Who is he?
    • Prince William.
    • Prince George.
    • Prince Charles.
  18. Which of these properties is a former 20th century royal residence, sold in 1973 by Edward, Duke of Kent?
    • Nonsuch Palace, London.
    • Coppins, Kent.
    • Woodstock Palace, Oxforshire.
  19. Between 1947-1949 which royal couple lived at Windlesham Moor in Surrey?
    • George and Marina as Duke and Duchess of Kent.
    • Henry and Alice as Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
    • Elizabeth and Philip as Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
  20. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has retained a private property in Wiltshire, England. What is its name?
    • Wilton House.
    • Bowood House.
    • Ray Mill House.

Answer Key

  1. Scotland.
  2. To keep her son and heir Edward, Prince of Wales away from London and scandals.
  3. Hillsborough Castle.
  4. A granary.
  5. Edward VII.
  6. Highgrove House.
  7. William III and Mary II.
  8. 775.
  9. Mustique.
  10. 16th century.
  11. Bagshot Park near Windsor.
  12. St. James Palace.
  13. Palace of Placentia (meaning pleasure).
  14. Richmond Park, London.
  15. A biscuit factory.
  16. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
  17. Prince Charles.
  18. Coppins, Kent.
  19. Elizabeth and Philip as Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
  20. Ray Mill House.

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 6 correct answers: Time to read up on your royal residences!

If you got between 7 and 12 correct answers: Royally good but you're not going to get an invite to the palace.

If you got between 13 and 16 correct answers: Well done. Put your feet up in your palace and get a servant to fix you a drink.

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If you got between 17 and 18 correct answers: You made it through the gate and into the palace but you forgot where the throne room was!

If you got between 19 and 20 correct answers: Call yourself the king or queen of royal residence facts! Take a throne. Congratulations.

The Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland.

The Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland.

The image shows the current home of Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Louise and James.

The image shows the current home of Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Louise and James.

A commemorative paving stone at Greenwich Palace in London.

A commemorative paving stone at Greenwich Palace in London.

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© 2022 Joanne Hayle

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