The Queen’s Balmoral break is a traditional vacation for the monarch but there’s a simple reason why it hasn’t started fully yet.
- Her Majesty has traveled to Scotland to enjoy a much-deserved two-month long break at Balmoral Castle as she does every summer.
- She's typically visited during this vacation by her nearest and dearest though the Balmoral break has yet to properly begin at the castle.
- This royal news comes as Prince Charles read the Queen’s secret message that carries ‘shared hopes and dreams’ after its 90,000 mile journey.
Anyone wondering where the Queen is since she left Windsor Castle on July 21st might well have expected her to be at Balmoral Castle. The historic home is nestled in the picturesque countryside of Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire and is believed to be one of Her Majesty’s favorite royal properties. Whilst the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the monarch’s official residence in Scotland, Balmoral is visited far more regularly by the Queen and extended Royal Family.
Balmoral is one of the key residences where the Royal Family stay in Scotland. But despite the monarch having traveled to Aberdeenshire, it could be said that the Queen’s Balmoral break has yet to really begin for one simple reason - she’s thought not to be at Balmoral Castle yet!
Whilst not confirmed, the Queen's reportedly been staying at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate in recent days. This beautiful stone cottage is only around a mile from Balmoral and is understood to be a place that the Queen and Prince Philip spent time over the years.
They’re said to have resided there in late July, just like the Queen is believed to be doing now as the main castle is still open to the public. The Queen’s Balmoral break usually lasts from August-October, with Balmoral Castle open to the public from April-July each year. This year the grounds, gardens, coffee shop, exhibitions and gifts shops are open until August 2nd.
Her Majesty and her household apparently move across to the residence once it closes its doors to visitors, giving her privacy.
This means that whilst the Queen’s vacation time might technically have started, her Balmoral break will perhaps only fully begin when she can settle in at the castle in a few days' time. It’s at Balmoral Castle itself that the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have often visited her over the years, making this annual trip all the more special.
This includes her granddaughter Princess Eugenie, who previously revealed on the 2016 documentary, Our Queen at Ninety, that the royals enjoy plenty of outdoor pursuits like walking and picnics there.
"Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there's always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time,” she disclosed. “It's a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there; where you just have room to breathe and run.”
This sense of freedom is likely incredibly meaningful for the Queen too, given how much of her life is lived in the public eye. The decision to wait to move into Balmoral and fully begin the holiday after the public has stopped visiting her home makes a lot of sense. Once the visitors are gone, the Queen is thought to enjoy a more low-key, relaxed pace of life there surrounded by her nearest and dearest until she returns to England in the autumn.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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