The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three children, are said to have arrived at Balmoral this week. According to a family friend, the Queen has recently established a tradition of keeping the last weekend in August free for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren while on vacation in Scotland.
“In recent years, it has become a tradition that the Bank Holiday weekend is the final family get-together before Christmas, and everyone is invited,” the insider told Vanity Fair.
“It has previously devolved into a massive sleepover with the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“It gives Her Majesty a great deal of pleasure.”
Prince William, Kate, George, Charlotte, and Louis have spent “special time” with Her Majesty at Balmoral, according to a source.
According to the source: “William, Kate, and the kids have been spending time with their family in Scotland, and they recently spent some time with the Queen.
“They always look forward to going up to Balmoral because they enjoy being outside, walking in the hills, and spending quality time with their families.
“It’s where William spent a lot of his childhood, and he wants his children to know what he did when he was a kid.”
While in the Scottish Highlands, the Cambridges are said to go for country walks, fishing, horseback riding, and cycling.
The Queen spends her summer vacations at Balmoral Castle, where she is joined by other members of the Royal Family.
This is her first year away from her beloved husband, Prince Philip.
In August, a guard of honour featuring a Shetland pony mascot officially welcomed the monarch to her private residence in the Scottish Highlands.
She inspected soldiers from the Balaklava Company of the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s 5th Battalion.
During the ceremony, the regiment’s 3rd Battalion Pipes and Drums performed, as did the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, Shetland Pony Lance Corporal Cruachan IV.
Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie, and August, Princess Eugenie’s son, have all been seen arriving at Balmoral to join Her Majesty.
Since Queen Victoria’s time, Scotland has been a welcome haven for the Royal Family, who enjoy country pursuits in the Highlands.
Despite being on vacation, the head of state continues to work because she receives information in the form of policy papers, Cabinet documents, and other State papers every day from Government ministers and her representatives in the Commonwealth and other countries.