The Queen was all smiles as she arrived at her residence in Scotland yesterday. Wearing a pink suit, she inspected her troops from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, who will be tasked with ensuring she has a comfortable stay at Balmoral Castle throughout the summer holidays.
The ceremonial inspection turned into an occasion for genuine laughter as Her Majesty was reunited with Cruchan IV – the Shetland pony who serves as the Regimental Mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The pony is more famous for his mischievous antics than his name. Last month, he was told to ‘’go away’’ as he tried to snatch a posy from the monarch. Yesterday, the pony didn’t seem fazed by Her Majesty’s warnings.
As the Queen finished the ceremony and prepared to walk away, the three-year-old horse neighed audibly, possibly in protest at her departure. The Queen provoked a laughter from a crowd of well-wishers as she told him ‘’Oh we know where you are.’’
Her Majesty always seems to be in high spirits when she in the Highlands. Just like her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, Balmoral Castle is said to enjoy the spacious lodge more than any other. In a special documentary to mark her 90th birthday, Princess Eugenie described the residence as ‘’the most beautiful place on earth.’’
Eugenie said, ‘’Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands.
“Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time. It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there; where you just have room to breathe and run.”
Unlike other official residences, Balmoral Castle is owned by the Queen. She inherited the Aberdeenshire estate from her father, King George VI after his death. The late monarch had to purchase the private home from his brother, Edward VIII following his abdication in 1936.