Queen at Balmoral: 10 adorable pictures of Royal Family on holiday

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THE QUEEN is spending her summer break in the sprawling Scottish Highlands, where she has traditionally spent many of her holidays over the years. Here are 10 beautiful pictures of the Royal Family in Scotland over the years.

But this year marks the Queen’s first summer at Balmoral without her husband following his death in April this year.

Members of the Royal Family often travel up to visit the Queen every year while she is staying in Scotland.

The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, once said the Queen is at her happiest when staying in Scotland.

Queen at Balmoral

Queen at Balmoral: 10 adorable pictures of Royal Family on holiday (Image: GETTY)

Royal Family at Balmoral

Before she was Queen, then-Princess Elizabeth with her family at Balmoral in the early 50s (Image: GETTY)

Eugenie said in the Our Queen at Ninety documentary: “I think 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.”

Over the years, beautiful pictures of the Royal Family have been taken during their holidays at Balmoral.

The Royal Family at Balmoral

The Queen and Prince Philip with Prince Charles, Princess Anne and baby Prince Andrew (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Charles

The Queen and Prince Charles at Balmoral in 1952 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen with her pet Corgi

The Queen with her pet Corgi in 1952 (Image: GETTY)

Many pictures were snapped of the Queen and Prince Philip with their young family in the 1950s, with young Prince Charles and Princess Anne pictured playing in the grounds of Balmoral.

Many of the Queen’s beloved Corgis have also made an appearance at the Scottish estate during the Queen’s reign.

But in more recent years, Balmoral has also served as a beloved spot for the Queen and Prince Philip’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Prince Charles has spent a lot of time at Balmoral with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their Balmoral honeymoon in 1981 (Image: GETTY)

Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry

Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry en route to Balmoral (Image: GETTY)

Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles

Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Balmoral (Image: GETTY)

The two boys were in Scotland when they were informed of their mother Princess Diana’s death in 1997.

Balmoral has been loved by several generations of the Royal Family.

Prince Albert purchased Balmoral for his beloved wife, Queen Victoria, in 1846.

The pair had fallen in love with the Highlands a few years prior in 1842, with the couple vowing to return during their first visit to Scotland.

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen was often accompanied to Balmoral by her husband, Prince Philip, who died this year (Image: GETTY)

The Queen, Princess Anne and Zara Phillips

The Queen with her daughter Princess Anne and granddaughter Zara Phillips (Image: GETTY)

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, pictured at Balmoral with her dog ‘Sharp’ (Image: GETTY)

Queen Victoria passed the Balmoral Estates to her son, King Edward VII, when she died in 1901.

In the years to follow, Balmoral has remained the private property of the reigning monarch.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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