The Queen has been residing at Balmoral Castle since the beginning of August for her annual summer break – but she’s made one change.
- The monarch has had to change her Sunday routine at her Scottish residence.
- Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen has had to miss her usual Sunday tradition.
- In other royal news, Duchess Catherine is celebrating exciting news.
What has the Queen changed?
In previous years, we’ve seen Her Majesty attend the Sunday church service at Crathie Kirk with other members of the royal family.
But this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen has had to miss it this year.
Understandably, the Queen wants to avoid encouraging crowds gathering at the church.
However, she has found an alternative way to honour her faith.
According to the court circular for 30 August: “A Service of Prayer and Reflection was held at Balmoral Castle this evening. The Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie preached the Sermon.”
This is similar to when the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were staying at Windsor Castle during lockdown.
They could not attend Sunday services at the Royal Chapel of All Saints on the estate.
But it’s thought that the Queen would have been able to attend a service at her own private chapel within Windsor Castle.
The Queen and Prince Philip have have enjoyed visits from other members of the Royal Family throughout the summer holidays, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank also visited.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are also thought to have enjoyed a socially distanced meeting with the Queen at Balmoral.
We hope you have a lovely stay despite the change in tradition, your majesty!