From Balmoral Castle to Mustique: Where each member of the royal family spends the summer

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II visit the Balmoral estate every summer. [Photo: Getty]

From tours abroad to public engagements, eagle-eyed royal fans may have noticed that the Windsor clan have disappeared from the scene in recent weeks.

But where to?

Whether it’s Balmoral Castle or the Caribbean island of Mustique, this is where each member of the royal family usually spends their summer.

The Queen and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II is renowned for her love of the Scottish Highlands and has often looked to Balmoral Castle for a break from royal duties.

This summer, Her Majesty will spend quality time with the Duke of Edinburgh at the regal residence and is sure to be joined by other members of the Windsor clan in the coming weeks.

It is rumoured that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are making plans to meet up with the Queen, as according to People: “It is customary for royal family members during the summer holiday”.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have enjoyed countless summers at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. [Photo: Getty]
The Queen with Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral in 1952. [Photo: Getty]

Last week, it was reported that the Monarch was staying in Cragowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate and she is expected to move into the castle for the rest of the month now that it has been closed off to the public throughout August.

The Queen sure knows how to holiday. Last year, Her Majesty did not return from her annual holiday until the first week of October.

Erm, goals.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

According to a number of reports, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to head to Scotland in the next few weeks where they will stay at Birkhall – a residence also located on the Queen’s Balmoral estate.

Prince Charles exiting Birkhall, his home in Scotland. [Photo: Getty]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

It’s been a busy year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, what with a royal wedding to plan and all. So it comes as no surprise to learn that the couple are finally taking some time out of their hectic royal schedules for a summer getaway before they embark on their next royal tour.

It is not yet known where the newlyweds will spend their summer break, though it is rumoured that Meghan is planning to return to the US in the near future.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

According to multiple reports, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have whisked their family-of-five away for a holiday in Mustique – where they have enjoyed a dose of sunshine since 2008.

The royal couple were allegedly spotted arriving at St Lucia airport where they boarded a private jet before the Middleton clan were later spotted making their way to the Caribbean island.

The Queen arriving in Mustique in 1977, welcomed by Princess Margaret. [Photo: Getty]

The Duchess’ parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, are frequent holidayers in Mustique and usually escape England for winter sun.

Despite the fact that Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the rumours, it’s highly likely that the Cambridge clan has chosen Mustique as the location of their latest holiday.

A favourite go-to location of Princess Margaret, the island famously operates a no-fly zone across the island – making it the perfect spot to enjoy some time away from the media spotlight.

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