Still mourning the death of her husband, Elizabeth II took her summer quarters in Balmoral, Scotland. The opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, far from the tensions and controversies.
Like every summer, Elizabeth II has put her bags in her residence of Balmoral, in Scotland, last July. It is the first time since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, that the Queen returns to this castle, where she spent her honeymoon. And the morale is not high: the 95-year-old sovereign is still mourning the death of the Prince Consort, with whom she spent the last 73 years of his life.
The recent statements of Prince Harry, determined to publish a series of explosive autobiographical books, have not helped matters. During her stay in Aberdeenshire, Elizabeth II intends to enjoy the calm, far from the controversies and tensions. With the health measures lifted in the United Kingdom, her grandson Prince William could well visit her, accompanied by his wife Kate Middleton.
Before the pandemic, the British royal family used to go to this area to enjoy the summer vacations. This period was conducive to meetings with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Elizabeth II, gathered in the Highlands for extended stays. At Balmoral Castle, the Queen can enjoy incognito outings on the estate, free from royal duties and protocol. This summer, the queen may return to the quiet of Crathie Kirk, the local church that has been inaccessible since the virus broke out in the United Kingdom. “There are still some rules about attendance but in due course, when the rules change, we hope the royal family will be able to return to the church and get back to what has been a big part of their lives for many years,” the Rev. Kenneth Mackenzie told The Press and Journal in July.
His impromptu meetings with tourists
Unlike the residences of Windsor and Buckingham, property of the state, Balmoral Castle belongs to Elizabeth II. A property that allows him to blend into the landscape, in a relative anonymity. Gone are the suits, replaced by more comfortable and casual clothes. Residents and tourists can meet by chance the queen, fond of walks. During a walk, some American tourists have one day crossed paths with the queen… without recognizing her! “Have you ever met the queen?”, asked the tourists, according to Mirror. With her legendary sense of humor, the main interested party answered in a matter-of-fact manner, pointing to her security officer. “No… but he does!”
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