Queen Elizabeth’s family visits to Balmoral could be different this year


As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip made the annual summer trip to Balmoral Castle in Scotland, it was already clear that things would be different this year because of COVID-19.Usually in July, it was not until early August that the Queen made the trip. And depending on the evolution of the pandemic, she could also extend her stay beyond October.

During the quarantine at Windsor Castle, every precaution was taken for the Queen, 94, Prince Philip, 99, who had the ‘Windsor bubble’ made up of a minimum staff of around 22 people . The same rules have now been put in place with the “Balmoral bubble”.

“The couple have remained in Windsor throughout the pandemic lockdown and will move to the Aberdeenshire area following all relevant government guidelines and advice,” a spokesperson said.

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Traditionally, throughout the summer, Queen Elizabeth welcomes various family members to the estate. But, once again, precautions will be in place, as will Princess Beatrice’s recent wedding where the Queen and Philip posed for a photo with the happy couple at a safe distance.

As of yet, no tours have been confirmed but if they continue, thankfully most summer activities include horseback riding, hunting and fishing so everyone will be outside.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall are at home in Birkhall near Balmoral and Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis often stay in a chalet on the property .

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Last September, Prince William was pictured walking towards Crathie Kirk’s church with his grandmother, but she skipped her Sunday service visit this time around as a ‘reasonable precaution’.


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