The Queen’s Balmoral holiday pictures: Candid shots show what Royal Family is really like

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The Queen’s Balmoral holiday pictures: Candid shots show what Royal Family is really like

THE Queen is in Scotland for her summer holiday to Balmoral in an annual trip which has become a sacred tradition for the Royal Family. Here are pictures of the Queen and her family taking time from their busy engagements in the sanctuary of their Scottish home.

Balmoral Castle has been a Royal Family residence since 1852 and is situated in the Aberdeenshire countryside near a little village called Crathie.

After the death of Diana, the much-loved grandmother kept young Prince William and Harry at Balmoral, where they were on holiday, to keep them away from the press.

Relaxed shots show the Royal as a real family (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Relaxed shots show the Royal as a real family (Image GETTY IMAGES)

It appeared the Queen wanted to protect the boys from the media storm that broke out in London, as the nation grieved the people’s princess.

Clearly a place of protection and rest for the Queen, she annually takes her summer holiday break in the castle.

Elizabeth assists little Princess Anne through a castle window in 1953 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Elizabeth assists little Princess Anne through a castle window in 1953 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

The Queen can be seen arriving at the estate during her inspections the battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, who provide security during her stay.

The 92-year-old can been seen in many archive pictures smiling, as she enjoys time with her nearest and dearest, like any normal family.

A young Prince Charles and Anne are seen with ponies in 1955 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
A young Prince Charles and Anne are seen with ponies in 1955 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

Over the years the monarch pent most of her time travelling around the world or staying at her residence in London taking part in many royal events, so the pictures are a snapshot of a more candid monarch at ease and care free.

In 1955, a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne are seen happily leading a pair of ponies across the Scottish farmland.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Elizabeth take a walk by the river, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Duke of Edinburgh and Elizabeth take a walk by the river, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

A family woman, Elizabeth spent lots of time with her children and many of these photographs show this.

In one picture, she helps a tiny Princess Anne through the castle window, with an enthusiastic Charles helping her from behind.

Elizabeth assists little Princess Anne through a castle window in 1953 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Elizabeth assists little Princess Anne through a castle window in 1953 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

For another family pic, Princess Anne accompanies her mother pushing a baby Prince Andrew in a pram.

While in another, a very down to earth mother-of-four, bows down to talk to her son in as he plays in a green toy car.

Princess Anne accompanies the Queen and Prince Andrew around the grounds in 1960 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Princess Anne accompanies the Queen and Prince Andrew around the grounds in 1960 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

A lover of nature the Queen explored the grounds of Balmoral on foot with Prince Phillip by her side, the couple are even photographed fishing together during their 25th silver wedding anniversary in 1972.

Elizabeth watches her son Prince Charles playing in a toy car, 1952 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Elizabeth watches her son Prince Charles playing in a toy car, 1952 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

And never far from her side are the devoted Corgis, in many pictures the dogs can wandering around in the background or posing with the family.

Travelling in style, one shot shows, the now great-grandmother-of-three arriving off the plane in Scotland with three of her dogs in tow.

The Queen walks amongst highland cattle with Prince Philip by her side, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Queen walks amongst highland cattle with Prince Philip by her side, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Prince Philip and Elizabeth fish during their 25th silver wedding anniversary, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Prince Philip and Elizabeth fish during their 25th silver wedding anniversary, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Queen poses with Anne, Philip, Andrew, Charles and one of her Corgis, 1960 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Queen poses with Anne, Philip, Andrew, Charles and one of her Corgis, 1960 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Monarch arrives in Balmoral with her dogs in tow, 1974 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Monarch arrives in Balmoral with her dogs in tow, 1974 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The young Queen touches Prince Charles’ head as he plays in the fountain (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The young Queen touches Prince Charles’ head as he plays in the fountain (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Princess Anne and her daughter walk with the Queen on the estate (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Princess Anne and her daughter walk with the Queen on the estate (Image GETTY IMAGES)
2 Princess Anne and her daughter walk with the Queen on the estate (Image GETTY IMAGES)
2 Princess Anne and her daughter walk with the Queen on the estate (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Royal couple enjoy the Balmoral greenhouse, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Royal couple enjoy the Balmoral greenhouse, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Queen looks so happy at the Open Stake Retriever Trials, 1967 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Queen looks so happy at the Open Stake Retriever Trials, 1967 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The married pair visit a farm on the Balmoral estate, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The married pair visit a farm on the Balmoral estate, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Anne and Charles help their mother set up a cake stall at a sale work event, 1955 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Anne and Charles help their mother set up a cake stall at a sale work event, 1955 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Royals pose for a family photo on the steps of Balmoral, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
The Royals pose for a family photo on the steps of Balmoral, 1972 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Prince Charles poses with his mother and Princess Anne on his 4th birthday, 1952 (Image GETTY IMAGES)
Prince Charles poses with his mother and Princess Anne on his 4th birthday, 1952 (Image GETTY IMAGES)

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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