Inside the many homes Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip shared over the years

Home is where the heart is, indeed. 

Prince Philip was only 26 years old when he married Queen Elizabeth II on November 20, 1947. In their nearly 74-year-long marriage, he was his wife and sovereign’s biggest supporter and lived a life of public service. 

Prince Philip, who died Friday morning at the age of 99, and the queen were one another’s anchors and lifted each other up when the burden of their responsibilities became too much to bear. 

In her 2012 Diamond Jubilee address, Queen Elizabeth revealed that her husband was the reason she was able to continue her work of public service over the last eight decades. 

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to a farm on their Balmoral estate, to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to a farm on their Balmoral estate, to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.
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“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” she said. 

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. 

His last wish during his final days was to die peacefully in his home at Windsor Castle. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip relax at Balmoral castle in this September, 1976 photo, released when she formally opened Parliament, the year 1977 marks the 25th year of her reign as the British sovereign and the 30th anniversary of her wedding.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip relax at Balmoral castle in this September 1976 photo.
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“We knew that when he was taken home it was to die on his own terms, not in a hospital bed, but in his own bed,” a royal source told The Post, adding, “Philip didn’t want any fuss. He wanted to do things his way until the end.”

Scroll through to see inside the many homes Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth have enjoyed together. 

The Headquarters | Buckingham Palace 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in central London to address Parliament at the official State Opening of Parliament ceremony at Westminster on May 25, 2010 in London, England.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace to address Parliament at the official State Opening of Parliament ceremony at Westminster on May 25, 2010.
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The White Drawing Room.
The White Drawing Room.
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Buckingham Palace was first a sizable townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. King George III then acquired the home in 1761 as a private residence for his wife Queen Charlotte.

In the 19th century, architects John Nash and Edward Blore expanded the structure by building three wings around the central courtyard.

The Throne Room.
The Throne Room.
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The Green Drawing Room.
The Green Drawing Room.
Derry Moore;The Royal Collection © 2009 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In 1837, it was recognized as Buckingham Palace — the official London residence of the British monarchy. 

The residence holds a total of 775 rooms, including 19 staterooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, 2015.
Buckingham Palace in London, 2015.
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The Grand Staircase.
The Grand Staircase.
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The State Dining Room.
The State Dining Room.
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Visitors can tour a number of the staterooms inside the palace during specific times of the year.

The Holiday Home | Sandringham Estate/ Wood Farm

General view of Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II's country retreat set in 24 hectares of gardens on the Sandringham Estate, at Sandringham on August 30, 2011 in King's Lynn, England.
Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II’s country retreat, has 24 hectares of gardens.
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This home is usually reserved for entertaining during the holidays and is where the queen and Prince Philip spent about two months a year during the winter. 

On the estate is a cottage known as Wood Farm. Prince Philip lived at Wood Farm after his retirement from public service in 2017, and it’s where he has spent most of his time during the final years of his life. 

The sitting room features an expansive oil painting and a wood-burning fire place.
The sitting room features an expansive oil painting and a wood-burning fire place.
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The saloon.
The saloon.
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Made from red brick, the estate sits on 20,000 acres. The house features a saloon, a drawing room, a dining room and a ballroom.  Other amenities include a gun room, a bowling alley, a library and a billiard room.

The Country Home | Windsor Castle

An informal picture of the Royal Family in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The royal family on the grounds of Windsor Castle in April 1968.
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Windsor Castle is a royal residence in the English county of Berkshire, with almost 1,000 years of architectural history.

During World War II, the queen first moved there with her sister, Princess Margaret, for safety reasons. 

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 17:  The Green Drawing Room, Restored Completely After The Fire  At Windsor Castle
The Green Drawing Room.
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WINDSOR, ENGLAND  - APRIL 24: A general view of people exercising on The Long Walk with Windsor Castle in the background on April 24, 2020 in Windsor, England. The British government has extended the lockdown restrictions first introduced on March 23 that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Long Walk with Windsor Castle in the background on April 24, 2020.
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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  A general view as the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait arrives at Windsor Castle during a three-day state visit on November 27, 2012 in Windsor, England. In the afternoon a military parade will be inspected at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst then a banquet is to be held at Windsor Castle in the Amir's honour this evening.
A general view as the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait arrives at Windsor Castle during a three-day state visit on November 27, 2012.
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As with Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle is considered Queen Elizabeth’s home for as long as she is the ruling monarch. Today, she frequents the castle during most weekends, due to its close proximity to her London home at Buckingham Palace. 

The property spans a massive 13 acres and boasts 1,000 rooms, making it the largest occupied castle in the world.

The Summer Home | Balmoral Castle

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with two of their children, Prince Andrew (right) and Prince Edward, at Balmoral.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with two of their children at Balmoral.
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View of Balmoral Castle.
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The Balmoral Castle is believed to be the Queen’s favorite home — and is her private residence which doesn’t belong to the government. Usually reserved for the end of summer, it is where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip would spend most of their time during the August and September months. 

It is considered the largest estate in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary in 1972.
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Spanning a whopping 50,000 acres, the working estate features grouse moors, forests and farmland, as well as managed herds of deer, Highland cattle and ponies.

With approximately 150 buildings on the estate, the royal family employs about 50 full-time workers, with 50 to 100 who are part-time, to maintain the estate. 

The Scottish Residence | Palace of Holyroodhouse

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 01:  The Palace Of Holyrood House In Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse In Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Also known as the Edinburgh palace, the home was originally founded as a monastery in 1128.

It was the queen and Prince Philip’s official residence in Scotland when she typically stays there during the first week of summer for an event known as “Holyrood Week.” It is a royal event to celebrate Scottish culture. 

Aerial view of Holyrood palace, 1671-1679, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 17th century.
An aerial view of Holyroodhouse.
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 09:  The Royal Standard of Scotland flag, (also known as the Royal Banner of Scotland) flies at half mast to mark the death of the Duke Of Edinburgh at Holyrood House on April 09, 2021 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Standard of Scotland flag, also known as the Royal Banner of Scotland, flies at half-mast to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at Holyroodhouse on April 9, 2021 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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The Irish Residence | Hillsborough Castle

It is the only royal residence in Ireland and where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stay when they are in the Emerald Isle. Spanning 100 acres, the Georgian country house has several gardens open for tourism.  

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 25:  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh signs the visitors book at Hillsborough Castle, on the third and final day of the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland, on June 25, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, signs the visitors’ book at Hillsborough Castle.
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Art hung on the marble wall in the grand hall of Hillsborough Castle.
Art hangs on the marble wall in the grand hall of Hillsborough Castle.
Historic Royal Palaces

Restored staterooms include the Throne Room where, in 1953, the Queen received guests at a ball to celebrate her coronation. It also includes the State Drawing Room, Lady Grey’s Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall.

Built in the 1770s, it is also the official residence of Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 14:  A general view of the Garden party at Hillsborough Castle on June 14, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
A view of a garden at Hillsborough Castle.
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