For many years, Queen Elizabeth and her family have taken up residence at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for part of the summer. The annual holiday is a beloved respite from all things London and official.
The Queen, Prince Philip, and their family members always enjoyed the time spent away from the hustle and bustle of royal life, official duties, and living in the public eye. The estate in the country is a beautiful setting where the Queen can enjoy her horses and dogs.
At Balmoral, the royal family could routinely expect a much higher degree of privacy than what they were accustomed to in London – and they love the family time.
A Missing Piece
In 2021, however, the family’s visit to Balmoral will be very different compared to years past. The absence of one important family member will be a major change. Prince Philip passed away in April 2021 at 99 years old, the oldest-ever male member of the royal family.
Prince Philip’s absence at Balmoral will be felt deeply by the family. His grandson, Prince Harry, described him as the “master of the barbecue,” which he was known for setting up in remote, hard-to-access locations. The family would enjoy a meal together in the beautiful landscape surrounding the estate.
The Queen will miss her husband’s presence dearly, and the rest of the family will miss Prince Philip’s spirit as well – except for the family members who don’t know him yet.
The Tiniest Royals
In the past few years, the Royal family has grown as the Queen’s grandchildren have married and given birth. Of course, Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s children, George, Charlotte, and Louis will most likely be in attendance at the summer visit to Balmoral.
However, there are several members of the royal family who have been born during the pandemic and who haven’t yet been to the family estate. Princess Eugenie gave birth to her son August six months ago, and this will be his first trip to Balmoral. The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall may also bring her son Lucas, who was born in March, to the estate for his first trip.
Keeping Tradition Alive
While we may not know for certain which family members will bring their children to Balmoral Castle, we do know that Prince Harry and Megan are unlikely to join the rest of the royal family on their summer holiday. As the Queen and her family enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of London, we do know this for certain: the summer holiday won’t be the same without Prince Philip.