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The Queen

The Queen to head to Balmoral for an out-of-season visit as she continues to mourn Prince Philip

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It is being reported that The Queen will make an out-of-season visit to her Balmoral later this month as she continues to mourn the loss of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.

The 95-year-old monarch will leave Windsor for her Scottish retreat for a low-key private visit where she can enjoy the solitude and serenity of the Highlands.

The Daily Mail reports that The Queen will not stay in Balmoral Castle itself, but rather Craigowan Lodge – a stone house located approximately one mile from the main castle.

During her stay in Scotland, Her Majesty will not receive visits from Heads of State and will not attend the Highland games.

Royal commentators have noted that Queen Victoria made similar visits to Balmoral 160 years ago following the death of her husband, Prince Albert.

Her Majesty is expected to be joined in Scotland by a small number of staff, with her niece, Lady Sarah Chatto also expected to join her.

The Queen usually spends the summer months in Balmoral, with her family and dignitaries spending time at the estate with her.

Speaking in a documentary a few years ago, Princess Eugenie said that Balmoral is where Her Majesty is “most happy.”

Beatrice said: “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.”

Her Majesty’s visit comes as lockdown restrictions across the United Kingdom are gradually eased, with overnight visits being permissible from Monday.