Department for Culture Media and Sport

royal palaces

All the Royal Palaces are held in trust for the nation by The Queen as Sovereign.

There are two types of Royal Palaces, ‘historic’ and ‘occupied’. We are only responsible for the maintenance and management of the historic palaces.

Historic Royal Palaces

These are the palaces no longer used by The Queen or members of the Royal Family. They are:

They are managed by a charitable trust called Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). For more information visit the Historic Royal Palaces website.

Occupied Royal Palaces

These are the palaces currently used by The Queen or members of the Royal Family. These are:

Following the Sovereign Grant Act 2011 coming into force on 1 April 2012, We no longer have responsibility for the maintenance of the Occupied Royal Palaces which is now funded as part of the Sovereign Grant by HM Treasury. Day-to-day management and operating responsibility was transferred to the Royal Household in 1991.

For more information visit the Treasury website and the official website of the British Monarchy.