One of the perks of being in the royal family is being able to live in a grand palace that has hundreds of years of history.

But according to some, it's not just the staff that the royals share their homes with - it's spooky visitors too.

Some who have worked in royal palaces, from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, have reported chilling experiences from seeing ghosts to hearing gunshots .

While others claim to have even seen the ghosts of former monarchs from hundreds of years ago.

Here we look at some of the royal ghostly goings-on...

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, which dates back to 1703 (


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The Queen's official residence of Buckingham Palace dates back to 1703 but before it was built, the land on which it stands used to be home to a monastery.

And it has often been said that a monk, who supposedly died at the monastery, haunts the palace late at night draped in a brown cowl.

Meanwhile, another ghostly visitor is thought to be Major John Gwynn, who was the private secretary of King Edward VII.

He sparked controversy after divorcing his wife and shot and killed himself in the palace in a first-floor office.

According to My London, staff at the palace have reported hearing a single gunshot going off in that office on multiple occasions.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, which is the oldest occupied castle in the world (



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Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world - so it's no surprise that spooky sights have been reported there.

Over the years there have been claims of sightings of previous monarchs including Henry VIII, George III and even Elizabeth I.

According to Visit Britain, Elizabeth I has appeared in the castle's library, where her "footsteps can be heard on the bare floorboards before her striking presence appears".

Others have reported seeing Henry VIII "hobbling" in the deanery cloisters, while George III is said to have been spotted looking out of a window just days after his death while his body was still lying in state.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, home to Prince William and Kate Middleton (


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It may now be home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, but Kensington Palace is said to have several ghostly residents that are believed to visit.

One is Princess Sophia, an aunt of Queen Victoria, who died at the palace in 1848.

She had been a talented seamstress in her youth, spending much of her time using a spinning wheel.

And there have been reports of staff members hearing the noise of a spinning wheel at the palace.

Another spooky resident is named Peter the Wild Boy, who is said to haunt the palace's nursery.


Sandringham House, where the royals usually spend their Christmas break (


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The Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is where the royal family usually spend their Christmas holidays.

And in 2019, it was reported that the Queen once held a religious service there after servants said it was haunted.

The claim was made by royal biographer Kenneth Rose, who said a "little service" was held in one of the downstairs bedrooms at the 18th Century mansion.

The room - where The Queen's dad George VI lived during the months before his death - was said to be so haunted staff didn't want to work in it.

The service in 2000 was held by a local parson and attended by the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Queen Mother’s lady-in-waiting Prue Penn.

"Some of the servants had complained that the room was haunted and did not want to work in it," wrote Kenneth in his diary, which was printed in the Daily Mail.

"The parson walked from room to room and did indeed feel some sort of restlessness in one of them."


Each year, the Queen heads to her Scottish retreat of Balmoral for her summer holiday.

And according to the Cairngorms National Park website, she's not only joined by her family, but a spooky visitor.

That visitor is said to be John Brown, a servant who worked at Balmoral Castle and was a friend of Queen Victoria.

There has been reports of his ghost being seen along a corridor and he is always said to be wearing a kilt.

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