AsPrince William and Kate Middleton show their support for Ukrainians amidst Russia's invasion of the Eastern European country, other royals are said to be considering plans to open up their residences.

According toThe Mail on Sunday, the Queen, Prince Charles and William are looking at the “practical measures” that they can take to help those affected, including providing accommodation for refugees.

Speaking to the publication, a source said: “It means looking at accommodation options in England, including the Duchy of Cornwall, where Charles has a lot of holiday homes, and Scotland, where he has Dumfries House and the Queen has her Balmoral estate.”

Elsewhere, Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers, told ITV’s Lorraine: “I understand that Prince Charles is very keen to house some Ukrainian Refugees in Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

“Could the Queen follow suit? She obviously has the private houses in Sandringham and Norfolk. She’s also got the huge Balmoral estate.”

So, here’s a look at the residences that could soon see their doors open up…

Dumfries House

Back in 2007, Prince Charles and his charity The Prince's Foundation purchased Dumfries House.

The property, which is set in 2,000 acres, features a gorgeous 18th century house as well as an adventure playground.

The home has a series of brightly coloured rooms, most notably the Yellow Room, which was originally intended to be the living room of the house though has since been used as a dining room.

The space also features various regal rooms, including an elaborate Tapestry Room that boasts panelled walls, high ceilings and 18 domed skylights.

Outside the property has a one-acre walled vegetable garden, the Pierburg Building And Kauffman Education Gardens, which is planted in the shape of the Union Jack flag.

Sandringham Estate

The Norfolk spot where theQueen spends many a high day and holiday boasts over 20,000 acres of land.

Spanning across 13 villages from Wolferton across to Bircham, there are over 300 residential and commercial properties on the estate.

The gloriousGarden House is the closest property to the abode of Her Majesty herself on the Sandringham Estate, and is kitted out with furniture and art work that all previously resided in a royal home.

It sits within the Walled Garden that was lovingly tended to by the Queen’s head gardener, whose home this used to be, and it has an Aga (naturally) in the kitchen and four bedrooms.

Balmoral Castle

According toThe Mail on Sunday, it’s believed that the Scottish Land & Estates has approached Balmoral about the scheme.

The private 50,000 acre estate, which will open to the public next month, is infamous for hostingthe royals’ annual summer holiday.

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Home to deer, ponies, and cattle, Princess Eugenie once told an ITV documentary that: “It's the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there.”

The castle reportedly has a whopping 52 bedrooms and, judging by pictures, is decorated traditionally and features wooden furniture and various traditional Scottish colours.

Given that the royals tend to be more relaxed while at Balmoral, the residence is more laidback that other abodes. In the grounds there are a number of cottages that could be given over to refugees if the plan took off, including Garbh Allt Shiel which sleeps seven.


Tucked away in the Welsh hills of Carmarthenshire, Llwynywermod isCharles and Camilla’s private haven.

During a recent refurbishment, the couple installed a wood chip boiler, a rainwater storage unit and a reed-bed filtration system for the garden.

Camilla planned the cottage’s colour scheme, much of which is terracotta and a duck egg blue, with pale yellow in the kitchen.

The couple’s main reception room has a homely log fireplace made from Welsh slate and features high ceilings with wooden beams.

The kitchen, meanwhile, is traditional country style, while the dining room is a tad grander with a long wooden table with black leather chairs, and traditional Welsh tapestries decorating the walls.

Elsewhere, there are simple wooden floors throughout. You’ll find no telly at Llwynywermod, but instead there are stashes of guides on local walking routes and books about Welsh folklore.

Castle of Mey

The late Queen Mother’s holiday home, now under the care of Prince Charles, couldn’t be much more remote.

By the sea in Caithness, it’s even possible to see the Northern Lights from the Castle of Mey if you’re lucky.

Right on the glorious North Coast 500 Road, where you can’t move an inch for stunning lochs, mountains and waterfalls, The Granary has eight bedrooms and two guest suites, while the Captain’s House, where the Queen Mother used to take picnics, is a holiday cottage.

Osborne House

In the grounds of Queen Victoria’s seaside retreat on the Isle of Wight is Pavilion Cottage, a former, you guessed it, cricket pavilion.

The home sleeps four and has its own private beach.

There are also two cottages, both sleeping four, at Sovereign’s Gate, the formal entrance to Osborne House.

The Duchy of Cornwall holiday-rentals

Spread across Cornwall, Wales and the Isles of Scilly, The Duchy of Cornwall has a number of holiday cottages which could make perfect living accommodation for those fleeing war in Ukraine.

The period properties feature interiors designed by Annabel Elliot, mixing antique and contemporary furniture.

Following Charles' environmentally friendly aims, the homes are as green as possible and have renewable energy heating systems, recycling facilities and furniture made of recycled materials.

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