Queen Elizabeth II, 92, is currently spending the summer at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Now those close to her have opened up about what the Queen and the royal family do while they are there.

The Queen spends mid-July through to September/October at Balmoral Castle every year.

Members of the royal family tend to visit for shorter stays throughout the summer.

So what is on the royal itinerary for when they are at Balmoral? It was once described by Princess Eugenie, 28, as “the most beautiful place”.

She said in an interview: “It’s the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”

Speaking on ITV’s Our Queen At Ninety, Princess Eugenie also described the royal family’s daily schedule when they are at Balmoral.

She said: “Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.

“It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there; where you just have room to breathe and run.”

So what else do we know about the royals’ time at Balmoral? Balmoral housekeeper Sheena Stuart revealed a little more on BBC1’s Countryfile.

She said: “The Duke, he cooks, the Queen sets up the table. There are no staff that come out to serve.”

Getting around the 50,000 acre estate is certainly not easy, and the Queen has previously been pictured driving Kate Middleton around the moors in her Land Rover.

She hosts Ghillies Ball annually at Balmoral. The dance has taken place at the estate every year since Queen Victoria’s reign, according to the Balmoral website.

The Queen was pictured with her granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, 36, at Balmoral earlier this week.

The Duchess of Cambridge, along with the Cambridge family, are currently enjoying the summer in Balmoral with the rest of the Royal Family.

Leaving George, Charlotte and Louis behind, Kate and William attended a church service with the Queen and other high-ranking royals.

Having just returned from the sunny, Caribbean island of Mustique, Kate donned her winter wares as she faced the cold, Scottish breeze in Balmoral.

Arriving for the service in the Scottish town, Kate looked glowing in the stylish, buttoned-up coat dress.

The dress was long sleeved and featured large, oversized button detailing and a Peter Pan-style collar.

Perhaps for fitting for winter than summer, the coat was in a grey and black checkered design, with black trimming around the collar and sleeves.


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