Queen steps out for last weekend of summer Balmoral break – but where is Prince Philip?
The Queen wrapped up warm during her final visit of her annual summer holiday as she travelled to church for the last church service of her trip.
The 90-year-old was snapped in a vibrant turquoise and cream hat, teamed with a co-ordinated thick tweed jacket, mid blue skirt and black gloves.
Although Prince Philip was not in attendance with his wife, the Queen seemed in high spirits – smiling as she travelled with her royal aide in the cortege from her Balmoral residence for the church service in Craithie.
The fleet of cars on route to the monarchs final service of her summer visit also included Prince Charles and Camilla, who have spent recent days with the Queen on the Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Crathie Church lies almost next door to Balmoral and the Queen has been in regular attendance at services since she began her annual break in the last fortnight in July.
Her final trip today saw the Royal Guard – this year Balaklava Company, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland – providing a guard of honour as the cars made their way to the hill-top church surrounded by thick woodland.
Dozens of well-wishers turned out to bid farewell to the Queen ahead of her return to England later this week.
Prince Charles and Camilla are expected to stay a week longer at their Birchall home on the Balmoral Estate before returning to England.
The Queen began her summer stay in Balmoral by inspecting a guard of honour at the gates of the castle.
Resplendent in pink, the Queen was presented with a pony bedecked in the green tartan livery of the guard.
A large crowd gathered to watch the ceremony as the bagpipers played for their sovereign in the traditional ceremony held to mark the Queen’s official arrival in Scotland.
Balmoral was bought by Prince Albert for £32,000 in 1852 and is said to be the Queen’s favourite home.
The Queen does not have any major public duties at Balmoral.
Her former royal protection officer Richard Griffin revealed that clad in tweeds and a headscarf she once stopped for a conversation with American tourists visiting the estate who did not recognise the lady that they were talking to.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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