Balmoral, Her Majesty’s Highland Residence, from the South Side of the River. Click on image to enlarge it.

We have engraved upon the preceding page a view of the Royal residence, sketched from the south side of the river, and a different point to those from which our previous views have been drawn.

Balmoral has been much improved since her Majesty's last visit. The pleasure-grounds have been laid out anew, in a tasteful style. The castle has been enlarged; and the pile, as it now stands, reminds one of Abbotsford.

The Royal Family pursue here the life of a country squire's household, with this distinction, that they create apparently less stir and commotion in the neighbourhood of their abode.

Lord John Russell arrived on the 22nd ult, on a visit to the Queen.

On the 24th ult, her Majesty and Prince Albert, attended by Visconntess Jocelyn, went to the top of Lochnagar.

On the 19th and the 26th, her Majesty and the Prince, and suite, attended divine service at the parish church of Crathie.

It is contemplated by her Majesty and Prince Albert to quit Balmoral for a few days, and repair to a small shooting-lodge, or “box,” as it is designated, on the banks of Loch Muick, close at the base of Lochnagar. A trim little boat has been built by the Messrs. Hall, ship-carpenters at Aberdeen, and conveyed to the place, for the use of the Royal party in making excursions on the loch. lt is said that the Court will not leave Balmoral before the end of September; and rumours are afloat that it is intended then to visit either Lord Aberdeen, at Haddon-house, or the Duke of Sutherland, at Dunrobin; or both.

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“The Queen at Balmoral.” Illustrated London News (4 August 1849): 145-46. Hathi Trust online version of a copy of the Illustrated London News in the University of Chicago Library. Web. 19 June 2021.

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