At the opposite end of the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, City of Edinburgh which has been the official Scottish residence of the British Monarchy for the past 500 years. Historic apartments used by previous monarchs and state rooms where official engagements are undertaken today are open to the public all year, except when members of the Royal Family are present with Queen Elizabeth II spending one week here at the start of Summer, annually.
Designed by Scottish architect Sir William Bruce (1630 - 1710) in the Classical style, the majority of the Palace of Holyroodhouse was completed in 1678 after seven years of construction, excluding the north-west tower which was built by James V of Scotland (1512 - 1542) over eight years until its conclusion in 1536. Founded in 1128 by Kind David I of Scotland, the (now ruined) Augustinian Holyrood Abbey was thought to have become a royal residence around 200 years later. From Arthur's Seat. 16.08.2016
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