September 14, 2023

Royal Family Banned From Longtime Hunting Tradition After Being Ousted From Estate

The royal family has been banned from hunting on a Scottish estate, bringing an end to a tradition extending 175 years.

The estate was sold in 2020, with the new wonder ending the lease to King Charles and others in the royal family.

“For the last 175 years, the Royal family have leased the sporting rights at Abergeldie but this has now ceased, and will be actively run by the new Laird,” the Telegraph reported.

“To facilitate the transformation and to effectively run the estate, new facilities will be required," it added, noting the plans to turn the estate into a location for commercial hunting.

"Since 1852, the royals have spent time shooting, deer stalking, and fishing on the Abergeldie estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland," the New York Post reported.

"It’s a pastime that has been in the family since the Balmoral estate was purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which subsequently granted them access to the 11,500-acre (18-square-mile) plot," it noted.

Prior to the location's sale, the estate was owned by the Gordon family for five centuries.

The location includes nearly three dozen homes and other buildings, such as cottages and farmhouses on the longtime royal hunting destination. The property is currently valued at over $28 million, according to the outlet.

Some animal rights activists have celebrated the end of the tradition, though the land is expected to still be used for commercial hunting.

The royal family has not commented on whether it will seek to continue the tradition elsewhere as decisions are made after the end of the longtime use of the Scottish location.

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