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Princess Eugenie and Beatrice heartbreak: Royals to miss treasured time with Queen

Princess Eugenie, 30, and Princess Beatrice, 31, are among members of the Royal Family to traditionally join Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, for a stint at their Scottish retreat every summer. The Queen and Prince Philip’s holiday in the Highlands was thought to be at risk at the height of the pandemic but now lockdown measures are being slowly eased the trip will go ahead.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the royal couple will leave Windsor Castle where they have been isolating since March and travel to the Highlands in early August.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen are both in their 90s and at his risk of COVID-19.

They are expected to make the journey by helicopter.

While the Queen is usually based at Balmoral from late July until autumn, this year her stay could be prolonged.

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s main base but the pandemic means working out of the capital may be too risky for the Queen in future.

One royal watcher has even suggested the Queen might never return to Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s son Prince Andrew, 69, usually visits Balmoral with his daughters Eugenie and Beatrice every summer.

But the risks still posed by COVID-19 may write off family visits this year.

While Beatrice will have been delighted her grandparents could attend her secret wedding on July 17, she and Eugenie will likely be upset to miss their Scottish holiday this year.

Balmoral is said to be the Queen’s favourite royal residence as it is one of the few places she can truly relax out of the spotlight.

Princess Eugenie has previously described Balmoral as “the most beautiful place on earth.”

Speaking in an ITV documentary to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday Princess Eugenie said: “It’s the most beautiful place on earth.

“I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”

Asked what the royals get up to at Balmoral, Eugenie said: “Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.

“It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there; where you just have room to breathe and run.”

Asked if the Queen and Philip would be receiving guests at Balmoral this year, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said it was not a matter they would comment on.


Princess Eugenie and Beatrice are extremely close put spent lockdown apart as they were isolating at separate locations.

While Eugenie was staying with her husband Jack Brooksbanik at her parents’ home the Royal Lodge in Windsor, Beatrice was isolating with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Beatrice’s surprise wedding was something of a royal reunion and the first time many of the Windsor clan had seen one another in months.

Only a handful of wedding photos were released to the public including one which showed Beatrice with her grandparents  – the Queen and Prince Philip.


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