Spooktacular Stories: Tales of Ghosts and Other Hauntings in the Royal Palaces

26 April 2018 | Your Stories

With the impending Royal wedding we thought it might be interesting to take a look at this great article about haunted palaces from www.royalcentral.co.uk! Enjoy!

Ghosts of wives and lovers, hauntings from scorned staff, frightful sounds, creaks and coughs. No, this is not a new film at the cinema or a book: These are the haunted Royal Residences.


It is said that on the rear terrace of Buckingham Palace, a monk draped in a brown cowl haunts at night. A monastery once stood where Buckingham Palaces is located. The monk supposedly died in his cell and from time to time frequents the rear terrace.

There is another ghost that has been sighted at the Place: King Edward VII Private Secretary Major John Gwynne. As the story goes, the Major divorced his wife, and the elite looked down on his decision. He was not able to deal with the proverbial ‘scarlet letter’ he wore, so in an act of desperation, shot himself in the head in his first-floor office. It is there; the Major has been sighted.


A few miles from Buckingham Palace, at Windsor Castle, spirits reside there too. There are numerous books and sites that claim over 25 ghosts has been reported.

There is one ghost that not only Her Majesty has witnessed, but Princess Margaret and other Royal Family members: Queen Elizabeth I. She has been seen in the library of the Castle, and her footsteps have been heard walking across the floor when she suddenly appears.

Supposedly Henry VIII walks through the Cloisters. A distinct dragging sound is present as it is believed it is the King walking with his ulcerated leg dragging across the floor.


A Royal Residence since 1369, Holyroodhouse is well known for the 1566 murder of David Rizzio. Rizzio was said to be the lover of Mary, Queen of Scots. When news reached her husband, Lord Darnley, an order for Rizzio’s murder was declared. The murder occurred in front of the seven months pregnant Mary in her dining room. It has been said that the blood stains reappear no matter how much cleaning occurs.

One other spirit wanders the gardens, and that is the naked Agnes Simpson. Simpson was charged with witchcraft, stripped and tortured until she died in 1592.


Sandringham House, the Christmas gathering home for the Royal Family, has had a few incidents of the ghoulish kind as well. In the 1980s, Prince Charles reported unexplained blasts of cold air during one holiday. It is also noted that some of the clocks move randomly, and books have tumbled off the shelves.

Footsteps may be heard, odd sounds and lights turning on and off have all been reported at Sandringham.

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