Queen looks happy to begin Scottish summer break at beloved Balmoral

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Her Majesty the Queen has arrived at Balmoral for her first summer in Scotland without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Her Majesty was met by an Honour Guard formed of soldiers from 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland as she made her formal arrival at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. The soldiers from 5 SCOTS will be her official guard over the next few weeks during her official summer residence in the Castle.

Dressed in a pink coat and hat, the 95-year-old monarch inspected The Royal Regiment of Scotland as pipes and drums were played. The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot a Shetland Pony called Lance Corporal Cruachan IV, was also there to greet her.

THer Majesty the Queen meets the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, Cruachan IV the Shetland Pony (and the Pony Major Mark Wilkinson). Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

This is the Queen’s first visit to Balmoral since her husband Prince Philip died in April. As per usual, she will stay for August and September and is expected to be visited by several members of the royal family including Prince William and Kate and their children. Prince Charles and Camilla also spend part of their summer at his residence on the estate, Birkhall, which was a former home of the Queen Mother.

In 2016, Princess Eugenie spoke of her grandmother’s love of the Scottish estate. She said:

“I think Granny is the most happy there.

“I think she really, really loves the Highlands. Walks, picnics, dogs — a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs — and people coming in and out all the time.”

Her Majesty the Queen inspects the Honour Guard formed at Balmoral for her arrival. Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Prince William also recently described the family’s love of Scottish summers, saying in May:

“I’ve been coming to Scotland since I was a small boy. As I grew up, I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here.

“And my father is never happier than when walking among the hills.

“My childhood was full of holidays having fun in the fresh air and swimming in lochs, family barbecues with my grandfather in command, and yes – the odd midge.”

The Queen is expected to remain in Scotland until the beginning of October.

Photo credit: MOD / Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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