Prince William and Kate own subtropical island and it's their favourite getaway

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend a ceremonial welcome for The President and the First Lady of the Republic of Korea at Horse Guards Parade on November 21, 2023 in London, England. King Charles is hosting Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee on a state visit from November 21-23. It is the second incoming state visit hosted by the King during his reign.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince William and Princess Kate -Credit:Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Isles of Scilly, a subtropical paradise off the coast of Cornwall, is known to be Prince William and Kate Middleton's top holiday spot. These islands, loved by the royal couple and their children, offer "outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoiled" landscapes.

In 2020 and again in 2021, the family enjoyed getaways on the serene island of Tresco with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Prince William now owns the Isles and has been seen engaging with locals whilst enjoying bike rides with his wife and children.

This haven, adorned by royals and celebrities alike for its stunning beauty and seclusion, can accommodate around 5,000 tourists at once, making it an ideal location for peaceful downtime. Housing just 2,100 permanent residents, the largest island, St Mary's, is home to 1,600 of them, reports the Mirror.

Reaching these islands requires either a boat or plane journey, typically followed by a quaint ferry ride to hop between them. Tresco, the second-largest island in the archipelago, is renowned for its awe-inspiring subtropical botanical gardens - a legacy of Augustus Smith from the 19th century, reports the Express.

Iglu Cruise revealed the top holiday spots regularly visited by the royal family, ranking the late Queen's Balmoral Estate in the Highlands as the number one choice.

Balmoral Castle, a jewel in the crown of royal residences for over 170 years, is set amidst an awe-inspiring 50,000 acres of Aberdeenshire landscape. The public is invited to roam this majestic estate from April to August during the Royal Family's absence, with the option to stay in quaint cottages or guesthouses on the grounds.

The idyllic Kerasia in Corfu has been awarded second place as a regal hotspot, particularly cherished by King Charles and Queen Camilla. The King also has a penchant for the rustic charm of Romania and owns a property in Transylvania, which he intends to visit next month.

The Royal Family also enjoys hitting the slopes, with the Prince and Princess of Wales having taken their children to Courchevel in the French Alps for snowy getaways in both 2016 and 2022.

Tresco on the Isles Of Scilly is a favourite location for Kate and William
Tresco on the Isles Of Scilly is a favourite location for Kate and William

Reflecting on the family's alpine adventures, a royal spokesperson said: "This was their first holiday as a family of four and the first time either of the children had played in the snow. It was very special and fun short holiday for the family, and they are grateful that John Stillwell [The PA photographer] was able to capture the moment so well. The Duke and Duchess hope people enjoy the photos."

Beyond Balmoral, the couple have long enjoyed the seclusion of the late Queen's cottage, a haven since their university days at St Andrews. Rumour has it that the couple spent many a romantic weekend at this private hideaway, cherishing some of the most joyful moments of their early relationship there.

In 2019, a royal source informed Vanity Fair that the couple and their three children were staying at the cottage. "The Queen has a lot of guests coming and to ease the pressure the [Waleses] are likely to stay at the cottage," they revealed.

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