“My dear paradise in the Highlands” – that was how Queen Elizabeth II referred to her beloved Balmoral Castle, where she spent her summer until the very end.
Queen Elizabeth would usually retire to the 50,000-acre county estate from July to early October, where she would be joined by the other royals during the summer.
Her Majesty was undeniably happy to receive the Cambridges at her rural retreat, located in Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, this summer.
Kate Middleton was spotted on a commercial flight in August 2022, along with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, while Prince William travelled separately from his wife, but along with their eldest Prince George.
The Cambridge family usually make the most of outdoor activities while at Balmoral, going fishing, cycling, hiking and even horse riding.
This final year Balmoral underwent some changes to better accommodate Her Majesty, reports say that one of the Queen’s favourite cottages, Craigowan Lodge – a seven-bedroom stone house, was fitted with a £20,000 wheelchair lift
The security around Craigowan Lodge was increased as well, installing a new gate, an intercom system and new CCTV cameras – making the cottage ready for all of the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip were often accompanied by a large part of the royal family at the Scottish estate, where they were known to enjoy fishing, long country walks and the awe-inspiring mountain views Balmoral offers.
“George, Charlotte and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us and they are starting to build their own happy memories here too,” Prince William said last year, speaking of his own family’s love of the estate.