The most eco-friendly royal homes – including entirely self-sufficient Balmoral Castle

Prince Charles has been an environmentalist throughout his working royal life and appeared at the COP26 Conference in Glasgow on Monday, November 1 to give an impassioned speech about defeating climate change. The Queen also made a surprise video appearance at the COP26 Conference, who was scheduled to appear but had to pull out due to her doctor’s orders to rest. Prince William and Kate Middleton also made appearances in the evening at the conference, where they hosted a reception for key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the Winners and Finalists of the first Earthshot Prize Awards – Prince William’s £50million climate change initiative.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a prominent position at the summit after the Queen was forced to pull out due to health issues.

Earlier in the day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with scouts at Alexandra Sports hub in Dennistoun as part of their activities to support the summit.

The couple met with the young Scouts to talk about the movement’s PromiseToThePlanet campaign.

With the royals all jumping on board to tackle the climate crisis, royal fans have started to look at what the Royal Family are doing to help the environment in their homes.

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From solar panels at Prince Charles’ home to a huge hydroelectric turbine at Her Majesty’s residence, there are quite a few eco features at the royal houses.

The Prince of Wales is renowned for his environmental passion projects and his official website for Clarence House explains: “Around half of his office and domestic energy use comes from renewable sources such as woodchip boilers, air-source heat pumps, solar panels and ‘green’ electricity.”

In 2011, Prince Charles had 5.6kW solar power system installed on his London residence, Clarence House.

The Prince also has a home in Wales, called Llwynywermod which he shares with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.


The home is adapted from a former model farm in Carmarthenshire and aligns with Charles’ philosophy of sustainable building.

Its structure was made from locally sourced materials, with an ecologically sound heating system, and elegant interiors that harmonised perfectly with the architecture.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived in the UK, they completely renovated their family home of Frogmore Cottage, which included an eco overhaul.

An environmentally friendly boiler was installed to provide hot water and low-carbon heat, and it reportedly cost £50,000.

As Princess Eugenie now lives in the property, along with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their newborn son August, she can now make use of this modern feature.

Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s summer home, already has one hydroelectric turbine in place.

Queen Elizabeth has also been granted permission to build an additional two-megawatt generator on the River Muick to generate up to £650,000 of green power a year to make the property entirely self-sufficient.

It is believed any surplus electricity will be sold on to the National Grid.

Windsor Castle is also powered by hydroelectricity through two turbines on the River Thames.

This saves Her Majesty approximately 40 percent on her annual electricity bill.

The first step of improving your energy consumption is being aware of it.

This is why the monarch has, according to the official royal website, installed a “network of over 60 smart meters across the estate” which enables “areas for improvement to be identified and targeted”.

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