‘The Balmoral Test’ is the ultimate royal trial taken by Diana, Kate Middleton & Margaret Thatcher

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  • November 19, 2020
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‘The Balmoral Test’ is the ultimate royal trial taken by Diana, Kate Middleton & Margaret Thatcher

THE royals and UK Prime Ministers may get to stay in a sprawling castle each year – but life at Balmoral is certainly not a holiday for some.  Season four of The Crown dedicates an episode to “The Balmoral Test” – in honour of the unspoken code of conduct that all guests go through at


THE royals and UK Prime Ministers may get to stay in a sprawling castle each year – but life at Balmoral is certainly not a holiday for some. 

Season four of The Crown dedicates an episode to “The Balmoral Test” – in honour of the unspoken code of conduct that all guests go through at the Scottish retreat. 

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The ‘Balmoral Test’ features in the new season four of The Crown & sees a young Diana visit the Scottish royal home

In the episode, the suburban Margaret Thatcher and husband Denis secure an invite to Balmoral, as is tradition for PMs, but she fails miserably at the “test”. 

Meanwhile, a young Diana arrives just as Maggie ends her less-than-impressive stay, but passes with flying colours. 

So what do visitors need to do to survive the test?

Guests are apparently expected to join in with outdoor sports (mainly field sports), and have to change their outfit up to five times a day. 

Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, is seen in The Crown failing to impress at Balmoral

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Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, is seen in The Crown failing to impress at BalmoralCredit: Netflix
The Queen's biographer Ben Pimlott said Margaret Thatcher 'couldn't get away [from Balmoral] fast enough' after her real-life visit to the castle

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The Queen’s biographer Ben Pimlott said Margaret Thatcher ‘couldn’t get away [from Balmoral] fast enough’ after her real-life visit to the castleCredit: Getty -…



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