During the school holidays the Duke and Duchess have been spending most of their time with their children, and there’s always one-holiday tradition they don’t forget. Reportedly, Prince William and Kate Middleton usually travel to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to spend a week with the Queen during her summer break.
According to last year’s reports, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the last week of school holidays in August reuniting with the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh after the lockdown.
Balmoral Castle is a beautiful 50,000-acre estate near Aberdeen. It’s definitely not short for activities, as it’s where the Queen and her family have been known to vacation and enjoy walks, barbeques, fishing, riding and cycling.
Back in May, William gave an opening address at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, speaking of his personal memories of Scotland, saying that it held some of his most impactful memories.
“Scotland is a source of some of my happiest memories but also my saddest,” he began.
“I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning and in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors.
“As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.
“Alongside this painful memory is one of great joy because it was here in Scotland 20 years ago this year that I first met Catherine.
“Needless to say the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart.
“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.”
The young royals have been spending their school holiday in Scotland with their great-grandparents from a young age. After Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 in April, the Cambridges released some previously unseen photos of them at Balmoral with the Queen and the Duke.
Another portrait sees the Queen and Prince Philip posed with seven of their great-grandchildren, taken by Kate at Balmoral in 2018, when Prince Louis and his cousin, Lena Tindall, were still infants.