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Birkhall (BerkHA; from the Scots Birk Hauch: "Birch River-meadow")[1] is a 53,000 acre (210 km²) estate on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.[2] It is located alongside the River Muick to the southwest of Ballater.[3]


The property was built in 1715.[4] The property was acquired from the Gordon family (owners of the Abergeldie estate) who had acquired it from the Farquharsone family. In 1849, it was acquired by Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria.[4] It became the Deeside home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in 1930, and later of Charles, Prince of Wales.[2][3] He also spent his second honeymoon here in 2005. In 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated New Year's Eve here.[5]

A fine wire suspension bridge erected in 1880 by John Harper crosses the River Muick here.


  1. ^ Place-Names of the Cairngorms National Park, Cairngorms National Park Authority
  2. ^ a b "Birkhall". The Prince of Wales. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Royal retreat for grieving prince". BBC News. 10 April 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "HELLO!". Hello Magazine. 18 March 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ Corneau, Allison (31 December 2011). "Prince Harry Has Snowball Fight with Pal in Switzerland". US Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 

Coordinates: 57°01′43″N 3°04′26″W / 57.0287°N 3.0740°W / 57.0287; -3.0740