By: Department 56 ®
The Balmoral Castle estate dates from the 1300s, when King Robert II of Scotland had a hunting lodge on the grounds. Shortly after their marriage, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert began to enjoy time in Scotland, and they acquired Balmoral in 1852. The young couple soon began planning the large estate castle that was completed in 1856. Prince Albert enjoyed hunting game on the land, Queen Victoria enjoyed long walks. Our porcelain interpretation is a hunting lodge that was used while the castle was being built, and later became one of the cottages on the property. Checkerboard painting inspired by tartan patterns, antlers mounted above the front entrance, stone from the surrounding grounds, and regal turrets characterize the lodge. Notice the archery bows and target in back, and a quiver of arrows at the front door.
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