outdoor fountain at balmoral castle in scotland
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Balmoral Castle, Balmoral, Scotland (cont'd)

The picturesque Balmoral Castle in the Highlands of Scotland was a complete overhaul of the structure they purchased. Deeming the original too small, Albert designed a new castle to suit their fancies, and Victoria laid the first foundation stone for the rebuild in 1853. And much as she served as a support to Albert's castle renovation, Albert increasingly aided Victoria throughout her reign. They were a true power couple, the castle serving as a representation of their mastery. It expands 50,000 acres, and is so beloved, to this day it remains the British Royal family's private vacation residence.
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