Queen Elizabeth will be heading north to her Scottish estate, Balmoral, for her annual break as Buckingham Palace prepares to open for the holidays.
This indicates that the royal summer has already begun!
The Queen continue to work, read her diplomatic papers in the famous “red boxes” that are delivered daily. This means it’s not all play for the monarch while she’s away in Scottish Highlands. She might hold some audiences and undertake a few public engagements.
Since the main Balmoral castle is very much open for visitors, the Queen is believed to be staying at one of her favorite residences on the Balmoral estate, the cozy Craigowan Lodge. Once the public opening of the main residence is over she then stays in the main Balmoral Castle.
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During this holiday, she also entertains many of her immediate family members. This season will be Meghan Markle’s first summer there since her wedding to Prince Harry. Earlier, Harry took Meghan to his grandmother’s Scottish highlands estate last September before their engagement was announced.
In the highlands, the royals like to entertain friends, hold dances, picnic and go on shooting parties, in short, have fun.
Prince Philip will perhaps join the Queen for their long summer holiday. The holiday will last until early October. The Duke of Edinburgh has been staying at Wood Farm, on their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England. The 97-year-old royal retired from public life last summer. Just last week, he took a helicopter – paid for out of his own money – for a 190-mile journey south-west from Sandringham to Romsey, Hampshire, for the christening of his latest godchild.
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He arrived last Thursday before the ceremony, which took place at Romsey Abbey on Friday. The Queen was busy hosting President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle. The christening was for the child of Thomas and Alexandra Hooper, who is the great-granddaughter of Philip’s uncle, the late Lord Mountbatten.
Buckingham Palace will open to visitors on Saturday with a special exhibit of art chosen by Prince Charles. This will be done to honor him before his 70th birthday.