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The Queen dons vibrant pink as she returns to Balmoral for summer break

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Many of us have favourite holiday destinations we always go back to, and for the Queen, there’s nothing like the comforting familiarity of Balmoral Castle, where she’s just arrived for her annual summer break.

On Monday 9 August, a post to the official Royal Family social media accounts announced the news. The monarch was welcomed in grand style, with the caption explaining that ‘In a small ceremony outside the Castle gates, Her Majesty inspected a Guard of Honour formed of the 5 SCOTS, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. 🐴 Also present was The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s Mascot, Shetland Pony Lance Corporal Cruachan IV! 🥁 Pipes and drums were provided by the 3 SCOTS.’

How the Queen and the Royal Family spend their time at Balmoral

Sharing a snippet of the fascinating history of the grand Scottish abode, the post added that ‘Balmoral Castle was originally built in the fifteenth century and was later bought by Queen Victoria 1852’.

Photos of the arrival ceremony show the monarch looking elegant in a striking pink hat and coat, inspecting the Guard of Honour and smiling as she meets the handsome Shetland pony. An ardent horse lover, the monarch still enjoys riding around the grounds of her royal residences, even at 95 years of age, and is also the owner of a number of racehorses.

The Queen during an inspection of the Balaklava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the gates at Balmoral

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The Queen has returned to Scotland once again following a special visit to the country back in June, when she stayed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in Edinburgh. During that trip, she carried out a number of official engagements, such as hosting the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and visiting the Irn-Bru factory with her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge.

The queen at Balmoral Castle, 1983

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The Queen and Princess Anne are out and about in Glasgow

At Balmoral, however, the monarch takes a break from her usual roster of duties, with the royals typically enjoying activities like shooting and stalking, salmon fishing, picnics and barbecues.

As much as she is known to love her annual break on the Scottish estate, this stay will inevitably be tinged with sadness for the monarch, as it constitutes her first summer trip to Balmoral since the death of her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, back in April.

The Queen and Prince Philip with Prince Charles, Princess Anne and baby Prince Andrew at Balmoral, 1960

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A brief history of the Royals at Balmoral

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