Council sell Union Terrace gates to King Charles' Scottish estate

The gates had been in place at the Aberdeen sunken gardens prior to renovation works and will be reused at Birkhall.

Aberdeen City Council sell cast iron gates from Union Terrace Gardens to King Charles’ Birkhall Estate Getty Images

Aberdeen City Council will sell a set of cast iron gates from Union Terrace Gardens to the Birkhall Estate.

The gates, which were removed as part of recent refurbishment works to the city park, will soon find a new home in the estate’s gardens.

Birkhall Estate is located at Balmoral in Royal Deeside, and is currently owned by King Charles III.

Council chiefs asked for the gates to be sold for an “appropriate” price – thought to be around £500, given their current poor condition.

The local authority was approached by Birkhall asking if there were any surplus gates that could be purchased for reuse by the estate.

After informing them that the Union Terrace Gardens gates were available, the estate happily agreed to take them.

However, the iron gates will need to be repaired before they can be installed.

The gates were not put back in the city park following the refurbishment as the section they were located in has since been relandscaped.

While they were no longer needed, they were kept for potential future use.

But as the council did not expect to find another location for them, selling the gates was deemed the best solution.

Money from the sale will go to the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust which helps various charities across Aberdeen.

King Charles inherited Birkhall from the Queen Mother following her death in 2002.

The King and Queen Camilla self-isolated at the estate after he tested positive for Covid in March 2020.

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