The Queen’s annual summer break to Scotland comes to an end early next week after a three-month-long stay at Balmoral Castle.
Her Majesty, who has been living at Balmoral since mid-July, attended divine service for the final time this year north of the border and will return to London shortly.
During her visit to Balmoral this year, the 91-year-old Monarch has been joined by many members of her family, including the Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of York & Sarah, Duchess of York.
The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh joined The Queen at Balmoral in late August after retiring from official public duties.
During the time The Queen spends in Balmoral, Buckingham Palace is opened to over half a million visitors for the annual summer opening where the Palace’s 16 staterooms are opened up to the public, a practice first begun in 1992.
Her Majesty usually returns at the beginning of October when the pace of engagements is returned up to Christmas. During the holiday, some members of the Royal Family prefer to take on more engagements before they take a break or join The Queen in September.
Despite summer being The Queen’s holiday time, she still received her daily famous ‘red box’ while at Balmoral which contains a summary of events in Parliament, which The Queen is always said to take a keen interest in.
Her Majesty’s next break will come in December when she and Prince Philip will leave Buckingham Palace for Sandringham.