QUEEN ELIZABETH II is renowned for her surprisingly frugal habits, but it is not spendthriftness that drives her to keep the heating turned off. So what is the reason why Balmoral Castle’s visitors have to fight off the chill?
The Queen has reigned since 1952 after her father died and whilst she has had plenty of loving family members by her side in that time, a portion of her heart has long been reserved for her adorable pooches. Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis in her life, in addition to dorgis, black Labradors and cocker spaniels.
These canine companions have been a part of her life since she was just three years old, when she was gifted her first pet dog, a small cairn terrier, by her uncle David, the Prince of Wales. But what does the Queen’s love of dogs have to do with her decisions about heating?
Queen Elizabeth II spends each summer break at Balmoral castle, where she joined by other members of the Royal Family.
This year, the Queen put her annual holiday on hold in order to accept Theresa May’s resignation and meet with the 77th Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
She is due to stay at her residence in the Scottish highlands until early October.
Over the summer, many family members have been up to visit her, and even Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds were invited up to stay for a weekend.
Royal Balmoral bombshell Why does the Queen refuse to turn on the heating at Balmoral (Image GETTY)
The guestrooms at Balmoral are renowned as being chilly in temperature.
In fact, Cherie Blair was known to not be fond of Balmoral’s cold rooms or its 9am bagpipe wake-up call.
The castle can reach -27C in winter and is notorious for its chilly interior, something Queen Victoria reportedly loved, but what the Russian Tsar once complained, claiming it was colder than Siberia.
Royal Balmoral bombshell The Queen has had more than 30 corgis in her life (Image GETTY)
So why does the Queen refuse to use the heating at Balmoral?
According to royal expert Brian Hoey the Queen does not use the heating because of her dogs.
He wrote in The Lady magazine: “Royal children often like to have their pet dogs – of the smaller variety on their beds at night for very practical reasons: they kept them warm on cold winter nights.
“Royalty have always avoided heating homes too much; ask any guest who has frozen when staying at Balmoral, even in August.
“Chilly bedrooms were made more welcoming after the pet dogs had lain their for a couple of hours before bedtime.”
Royal Balmoral bombshell The Queen is warmed by her dogs rather than heating (Image GETTY)
Royal Balmoral bombshell The heating system at Balmoral is reportedly inadequate (Image GETTY)
Reportedly Balmoral has completely inadequate central heating and instead the Queen, a devoted dog lover, prefers to snuggle up with her favourite pooches to keep warm.
Each royal household carefully monitors its heating using a computerised Building Management System.
The system controls the heating, cooling and hot water supplied to the buildings and at Buckingham Palace, heating and hot water is produced by the Combined Heat and Power plant and boilers, with flat plate heat exchangers increasing the efficiency of heat transfer.
Royal Balmoral bombshell Instead of heating, her pups supply adorable and snuggly warmth (Image GETTY)
In recent years, images inside the Queen’s residences have shown her using cheap electric heaters to warm her sitting room.
The frugal monarch was shown in a photograph taken in 2017, where in the great marble fireplace was a simple electric convection heater of the type that sells on the high street for around £20.
Similar models are said to have been used to heat Balmoral since at least 1992.
The Queen is known for her no-nonsense style and thriftiness despite her huge personal wealth which estimated to be around £340 million, making her the 319th richest person in the world.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK