Queen health fears: Monarch orders lift installation at Balmoral to help her get to bed


THE QUEEN is set to spruce up her Balmoral estate to help her ageing health with a new scheme, Express.co.uk can reveal tonight.

It comes as Her Majesty’s land tax bill was slashed by thousands of pounds for her Balmoral shooting estate, causing outrage from Scottish politicians. Planning documents submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by the Balmoral estate reveal the monarch has applied to have a lift installed at one of her properties on the estate.

The elevator is set to be constructed at Craig Gowan House, which the Royal Family uses for short term trips to the estate.

The 94-year-old Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also stay there in the initial phase of their three-month summer break at Balmoral.

The property was built in 1870 and includes a dedicated “study” for the Duke of Edinburgh along with a drawing room and TV room.

Under the plans, the lift will take the royals from a pantry to a bathroom on the first floor and is directly next to seven bedrooms.

Balmoral Castle

The Queen has applied for a lift at one of the buildings on the Balmoral estate (Image: Getty)

Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip (Image: Getty)

The lift is expected to provide assistance to individuals who may need help with walking up the property’s spiral staircases.

Planning documents reveal how the construction of the lift should be done perfectly, adding: “Please note that nothing can go wrong with this job from start to finish.”

The planning application states of the job: “Installation of through floor lift in Grade C listed building, by removal of sanitary ware and non-load bearing walls, and forming an aperture in first-floor floor, and bulkhead in attic space.”

The monarch’s health is usually a matter not discussed by the palace and rarely comments on her private medical matters.

Craig Gowan House

The Craig Gowan House (Image: Stiltz)

But they broke protocol last month and the Queen, 94, and 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh revealed they recently had their first vaccination doses at Windsor Castle last month.

Making it clear the decision to speak out about the jab came directly from the Queen, a palace source added: “To prevent inaccuracies and further speculation, Her Majesty decided that she would let it be known she has had the vaccination.”

The Duke of Edinburgh has also spent a seventh night in hospital.

Philip was admitted to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London last Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell and walked into the building unaided.

Lift Placement

The “through floor lift” will go from the downstairs pantry to the first floor bathroom (Image: Stiltz/Aberdeenshire Council )

The monarch has been isolating with 99-year-old Prince Philip at Windsor Castle throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, new rateable value (RV) or land tax for deer stalking at Balmoral has been valued as £10,800 after palace and estate officials appealed the initial valuation.

The Scottish Assessor, responsible for valuing property for land tax, initially gave the Balmoral estate a £22,500 rateable valuation.

Craig Gowan House Blueprint

The two-storey house, which is believed to have been built in 1870, has seven bedrooms (Image: Stiltz/Aberdeenshire Council )

However, the new value is lower than many pubs, shops and restaurants in Balmoral, many of which have closed due to COVID-19.

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard urged the Scottish Government which introduced the policy to act and in a dig at the Queen, said: “It cannot be right that major shooting estates pay less in community taxes than a small pub or restaurant.”


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