Queen has ‘picnic with great-grandchildren’ at beloved beauty spot honoured with key move

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THE QUEEN is said to have spent a relaxing day out at one of her most beloved Scottish beauty spots.

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, reportedly travelled eight miles from Balmoral for a picnic on Monday, according to royal commentator Richard Eden. He claimed the monarch visited Glen Muick – known to be a beauty spot favourite by the sovereign.

Peter, the Queen’s oldest grandchild who has often been described as Her Majesty’s favourite one, has two daughters – Isla, nine, and Savannah, 10.

Zara, sister of Peter and daughter of Princess Anne, 71, has three children.

The Olympian and her husband Mike Tindall welcomed a baby boy, Lucas Philip, in late March, who joined the couple’s daughters Mia, seven, and Lena, three.

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The Queen currently is at Balmoral (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen being welcomed at Balmoral Castle on August 9 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen is known to hold Glen Muick very dear – so much that she reportedly named one of the puppies she received in March Muick.

The puppy was given to the Queen alongside a dorgi she is said to have named after her uncle Fergus, who died during World War I.

Speaking about the puppies’ names which were understood to have been chosen by the Queen, a source told the Sun at the time: “Both name choices are extremely poignant and dear to the Queen.

“Loch Muick is one of her favourite places on the Balmoral estate and the loss of Uncle Fergus in the First World War is still honoured by the family.”

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The Queen and Prince Philip during a picnic with their children in 1960 (Image: GETTY)

One month later, it was reported Prince Andrew and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie gifted the Queen another puppy.

This welcomed present was given to her on June 10 – which would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

The Queen travelled from Windsor Castle to Balmoral in late July.

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The Queen and Prince Philip used to spend their summer break at Balmoral together (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen is known to love Glen Muick in Scotland (Image: GETTY)

But she was officially welcomed at her Scottish residence only on August 9, when a small ceremony outside the castle was held in her honour.

During the event, the Queen inspected a guard of honour formed of 5 SCOTS, Balaklava Company, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The ceremony took place at the sound of pipes and drums.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, a Shetland Pony called Lance Corporal Cruachan IV who in 2017 tried to nibble Her Majesty’s posy of flowers, was also present to greet the sovereign.

During her summer break in Scotland, the Queen doesn’t traditionally have any official engagements to carry out – with the exception of appearing at the Braemar Gathering and hosting the Prime Minister and other politicians who may visit her.

Usually accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, the sovereign attends the event showcasing Scottish athletes and musicians.

However, much like last year, the Queen will miss this event, attended regularly by the Royal Family since 1848, as it has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

While she has a more relaxing schedule at Balmoral, the Queen also continues to carry out the daily duties of a sovereign, including reading the documents sent her by the Government on its famous red boxes.

This year’s trip to Balmoral marks the first summer holiday the Queen will spend in Scotland since Prince Philip’s death.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in April at Windsor Castle, more than seven decades after he married the Queen and became her closest confidante and advisor.

The Queen is expected to return to England and resume her full royal duties in early October.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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