The Queen was seen for the first time since arriving at the Balmoral Estate in Glen Muick on Tuesday.
Her Majesty, 94, who cut a casual figure in a red top, vest and tartan skirt, appeared to be joined by Sophie Wessex, Edward and their children, Lady Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12 years. for a brisk weekend walk.
It is understood that the Queen did not go to church in Scotland on Sunday to prevent supporters from gathering.
The monarch and Prince Philip, 99, who went into self-isolation at Windsor Castle, drove to RAF Northolt in west London last week, where they boarded a private jet to destination of Balmoral.
The Queen, 94, was seen for the first time since arriving at Balmoral Estate in Glen Muick on Tuesday (pictured)
Her Majesty (pictured) was spotted walking her Dorgis on Balmoral Estate in Glen Muick with who appeared to be an assistant
The royal appeared to be joined by Sophie Wessex, Edward and their children, Lady Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.
After a short flight, the royals landed at Aberdeen Airport where they were met by a driver and taken to Balmoral, about an hour away.
The couple landed on an overcast day, with the Queen donning a raincoat over her elegant powder blue suit as her husband followed her down the plane’s stairs in his own practical raincoat.
They were followed by Royal Helpers carrying luggage and a pair of Dorgis, the Queen’s beloved dogs who are a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will remain in the 50,000-acre estate until early October and will be joined by family members throughout their stay.
It will be a welcome change of scenery for the couple, who haven’t left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March.
The monarch cut a relaxed figure in a red top, vest and tartan skirt as she took her beloved Dorgis, Vulcan and Candy, for a walk
The Queen went into the hills and appeared to be in good company, as three people – who could be Sophie Wessex and her two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, got out of the car.
The Queen (pictured) and Prince Philip will remain in the 50,000-acre estate until early October and will be joined by family members throughout their stay
However, it’s not business as usual as courtiers have spent weeks planning how a ‘new normal’ can work in his Scottish Baronial-style castle.
The Queen will not be able to attend church, her family cannot stay in the main house, and local staff have had to self-isolate for two weeks ahead of her visit to ensure they are virus-free .
A forensic cleaning operation is observed at all times, including the Queen’s State Red Boxes, and to enable Her Majesty to ride her beloved ponies, only one groom is allowed access to her couriers .
It is understood that staff have been quarantined for two weeks in order to minimize the risk of the Queen or Prince Philip, both aged 90, being exposed to Covid-19.
Reports suggest the handpicked team of Royal aides who will join the couple include Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the house; Sir Edward Young, Private Secretary to the Queen, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her Pages.
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, his squire; Terry Pendry, her married boss; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her main dresser; Kelly’s Jackie Newbold, PA; and three deputy commissioners will also join, according to the Sunday Times.
Staff are believed to be minimizing contact with those outside the royal household in order to create a ‘Balmoral bubble’ designed to protect the Queen and Prince Philip.
Action will also be taken if members of the royal family come to visit. Usually the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are joined by their children and grandchildren, as well as close friends, throughout the summer vacation.
The monarch (pictured) and Prince Philip, 99, who went into self-isolation at Windsor Castle, drove to RAF Northolt in west London last week where they boarded a private jet to Balmoral.
The Queen (pictured, left) happily stood up and struck up a conversation as she soaked up the Saturday sun
Balmoral will be a welcome change of scenery for the couple, who have not left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March. In the photo, the queen on her brisk walk
It is understood the Queen (pictured) did not go to church in Scotland on Sunday to stop the rally of supporters
However, this year all visitors, which typically include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex, will likely maintain social distancing on the spot.
Family members will not be staying in the castle with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as they have done in previous years and instead will be staying at other properties on the grounds of the estate.
They may meet her for outdoor activities, including walks, horseback riding and picnics.
Previous reports suggest that Balmoral staff have been banned from all social activities and that the annual Ghillies Ball has also been canceled due to coronavirus.
An insider told The Mail on Sunday that “crazy” assistants were staying in the New Block, a drab granite building with a dozen rooms outside near the castle.
The insider said, “Without all the normal facilities that make the stay enjoyable for the staff, everyone says it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.
Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie wearing a protective mask arrives at Crathie Kirk ahead of the Sunday service which Queen Elizabeth II usually attends during her summer vacation at Balmoral
Crathie Kirk where Queen Elizabeth II usually attends the Sunday service during her summer vacation at Balmoral
The Queen did not attend church in Scotland on Sunday to stop the rally of supporters, it is understood