Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are expected to travel to Scotland early this week for their annual stay at Balmoral Castle and staff have been hard at work preparing for their arrival. Armed Police have also been spotted at the gates to the Balmoral Estate as they too prepare for the arrival of the Monarch.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been isolating at Windsor Castle since 19th March and have not travelled further than the Berkshire castle’s Quadrangle since. When the United Kingdom went into lockdown on 23rd March, it was reported that Her Majesty’s annual trip to Balmoral would be cancelled completely though it was announced in June that The Queen and Prince Philip would travel to Scotland early in August.
Preparations for The Queen’s arrival in Scotland are well underway and to comply with Government guidelines surrounding COVID-19, a hand sanitiser dispenser has been placed at the gates for staff and visitors to use.
Both The Queen and Prince Philip will remain socially distanced from any visiting family members who will stay at various residences across the estate. It has already been reported that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be among the family members visiting The Queen and Prince Philip on their extended stay on Royal Deeside.
A source commented, “Preparations are well underway. Everything will be checked and double-checked to ensure there is no risk. But it has also helped planning that Scotland has been free of Coronavirus deaths now for almost a week.”
In normal circumstances, The Queen would worship at nearby Crathie Kirk however this has been closed throughout the pandemic. Reverend Kenneth Mackenzie of Crathie Kirk said there are plans for it to reopen in a “few weeks”. Reverend Mackenzie also commented, “It’s been a tricky one for us. We are trying to find a way of doing services and we will try to get things up and running in the coming weeks. But as things currently stand we cannot have it like before. We have to keep a record of who comes – everybody has to register and wear a facemask. It won’t be like it was before.”
Royal Circular will have all the latest news on The Queen’s trip to Balmoral as and when it happens.
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