The Queen is warmly welcomed to her favorite Balmoral for a summer visit.


The Queen is warmly welcomed to her favorite Balmoral for a summer visit.

The Queen intends to forego church on her summer visit to Balmoral, which will be her first since Prince Philip’s death.

Despite her wishes for a normal visit, the monarch told friends that she will not be attending Sunday services at Crathie Kirk on the outskirts of her 50,000-acre estate during her two-month stay.

The 95-year-old, who moved into Balmoral Castle yesterday after spending nearly three weeks at another residence on the estate, will pray privately at Balmoral, adhering to the restrictions still in place in Scottish churches.

Because Covid-19 prevented the Queen from holding her traditional welcoming ceremony last year, yesterday’s march was at least a return to normalcy for her, who donned bright pink for the occasion. Prince Charles and wife Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince Edward and Sophie and their children, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and Prince Andrew and his ex-wife the Duchess of York are all scheduled to join her at Royal Deeside.

Philip used to be in charge of the barbecues, but now that responsibility has been passed on to someone else.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and his wife Carrie are anticipated to be invited to stay for a weekend in September.

Buckingham Palace did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.


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