Queen returns to Buckingham Palace after 74-day-long summer holiday

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Queen Elizabeth II leaving Crathie Kirk after attending a Sunday church service near Balmoral where she is currently in residence. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II has returned to Buckingham Palace after a summer in Balmoral. [Photo: Getty]

The Queen has returned to Buckingham Palace after a ten-week summer holiday in Balmoral.

Summer may have long ended for most of us, but our 93-year-old monarch has been taking a well-deserved break at her Aberdeenshire residence, together with the Duke of Edinburgh, for the past 74 days.

She first departed for Balmoral Castle on 26 July, according to a tweet from royal correspondent Emily Andrews.

Queen Elizabeth then returned yesterday, which was signalled by the raising of the Royal Standard flag in the palace which shows she is there.

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Her Majesty jumped right back into work – meeting with the Privy Council, according to the Court Circular. together with MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Balaklava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the gates at Balmoral, as she takes up summer residence at the castle. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Balaklava Company, 5 Battalion at the gates at Balmoral, as she takes up summer residence at the castle. [Photo: Getty]

As is tradition, the Queen was joined by a number of visitors during her time in Balmoral this summer, mostly consisting of her family.

In late August, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Scotland with children George, Charlotte and Louis.

The Cambridges joined the Queen at a church service in Balmoral, together with the likes of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince Edward with his daughter Lady Louise Windsor, and Princess Anne with her son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.

CRATHIE, ABERDEENSHIRE - AUGUST 25: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drive to Crathie Kirk Church before the service on August 25, 2019 in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Queen Victoria began worshiping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshiped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle (Photo by Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drive to Crathie Kirk Church near Balmoral. [Photo: Getty]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are also believed to have been guests at Balmoral this summer, according to reports.

It is believed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have never visited the property together – although Prince Harry has visited many times in previous years.

The Queen at Balmoral

Balmoral Castle is one of two personal and private residences owned by The Royal Family, according to the Royal.uk website.

It was bought outright in 1852 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and has been royal property ever since.

Queen Elizabeth first visited in the summer of 1952 together with the Duke of Edinburgh, and it is believed she has visited every summer since.

*Scanned low-res from print, high-res available on request* Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with two of their children, Prince Andrew (left) and Prince Edward, at Balmoral.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with two of their children, Prince Andrew (left) and Prince Edward, at Balmoral. (Photo: Getty]

Balmoral is said to be the location where the Queen is at her most happy.

"I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands," said Princess Eugenie in a documentary called ‘Our Queen At Ninety’.

“The Queen is at her most relaxed when she’s at Balmoral - it’s her favourite of the royal residences,” said royal expert Katie Nicholl on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ show.

However, the Queen still achieves a surprising amount of work while she is on her Balmoral holiday.

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The Sunday Timesroyal correspondent Roya Nikkhah said during an episode of Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’: “For her [The Queen], although it’s her great three-month-long holiday, work goes on as usual.

“She still does her red boxes every single day at Balmoral, she meets prime ministers, she meets American presidents or incoming heads of state.”