THE little-known Royal Cottage, where Princes William and Harry spent many happy summers, has been dubbed “the most beautiful place on earth” by the royals who frequented it.
Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was the late Queen’s favorite summer holiday destination.
The Queen’s Balmoral Castle, situated on Scottish moorland[/caption]
The family spent a lot of time together on their trips together[/caption]
William and Harry play on the banks of the River Muick near Ballater in Balmoral[/caption]
But less than a mile down the road is Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate.
The longest-reigning monarch loved vacationing in the cottage, spending quality time with her extended family, especially grandchildren William and Harry.
Queen Elizabeth II would spend three months every summer at the Scottish castle and “kicked off her shoes” to relax.
Holidays to Scotland with her grandchildren were fond memories for the Queen, who loved the couple.
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She and Prince Philip used to host family barbecues there.
The Queen named her lockdown corgi “Muick” after the eponymous beauty spot in Balmoral.
King Charles and Princess Diana spent some time with their sons at Craigowan Lodge while visiting Balmoral over the summer.
He and his then-fiancée were photographed staying indoors before their wedding.
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In the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Princess Eugenie tells how much the Scottish Highlands mean to her remarkable grandmother
She said: “It’s the most beautiful place in the world. I think grandma is happiest there. I think she really loves the Highlands.”
Royal author Katie Nicholls said the Queen and Prince Philip thoroughly enjoyed spending time with William and Harry on Balmoral.
Set on 50,000 acres, “the Queen encouraged them to let off steam at Balmoral” and their grandfather also spent quality time with them.
He “taught them how to fish for salmon and the boys would spend hours romping around the wild Scottish countryside with him,” Kate added.
Queen Elizabeth was living in Balmoral when news of Princess Diana’s death broke, and her grandchildren joined her there to escape the hysteria surrounding her mother’s death in 1997.
In her role as head of the monarch, she handed Harry and Meghan an olive branch by inviting them to Balmoral during their summer break.
Her family took turns visiting Kate and William, who were away with their children George, Charlotte and Louis last year.
Edward and Sophie also visited Lady Louise and Viscount James.
Prince Andrew hid at the 50,000-acre estate for many weeks while US attorneys attempted to serve his sex abuse order.
The Queen spent her final days at Balmoral having fun with family, reading the Racing Post and watching TV with staff.
She initially stayed at the seven-bedroom Craigowan Lodge in Royal Deeside before moving a mile down the road to live at Balmoral Castle on August 9.
Her Majesty died in royal retreat on September 8th.
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She arrived in Balmoral for the last time on July 23, her second summer without Prince Philip.
The late monarch flew in a private helicopter and was due to stay until October to take some time off from his royal duties.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Charles sit on a picnic blanket in front of Balmoral Castle[/caption]
Prince of Wales with his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer during a pre wedding photocall during their stay at Craigowan Lodge[/caption]
The Queen and Prince Philip loved the time they got to spend together at Balmoral[/caption]