Balmoral Castle: Queen Goes on Vacation, And So Can You

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 06:44 PM

By Ronald Kessler

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Queen Elizabeth II jetted to vacation last week for two months at Balmoral Castle, now that the newest member of the royal family has made his appearance.

Unfortunately her husband, Prince Philip, was not with her; he is still recovering from abdominal surgery.

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Queen Elizabeth II jetted to vacation last week for two months at Balmoral Castle, now that the newest member of the royal family has made his appearance. But rental cottages mean nonroyals can visit, too. "The Duke of Edinburgh plans to join the Queen in Balmoral in August," said palace sources, according to The Daily Mail.

Prince Philip, 92, was admitted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment of his recurring bladder infection, said The Daily Mail. Sources told the London newspaper that the Duke will resume some "light duties," including public engagements, in several months.

Described as the Scottish home for the royal family, Balmoral Castle is located in the Caimgorms National Park in Royal Deeside. The castle's ground provides ample privacy for the queen to stroll the grounds with her corgis, catch up on correspondence, go fly fishing on the river Dee, or golf on her private course, CNN said.

Though the castle is closed to the public while the royal family is there, the general public can see how the royals live with tours scheduled throughout the year. The castle's website announced dates, beginning on Oct. 30 and ending Dec. 14, where the public can get one-hour guided tours of the grounds, gardens, and exhibitions.

Forbes magazine said Prince George of Cambridge's birth ushers in a new generation of royals that will be different from the previous years.

"It will … be the first [time] for 300 years – since the reigns of the sisters Queen Anne and Queen Mary II – [for the future king] to have a commoner, not aristocrat or royal, as a mother," Robert Jobson said in his Forbes article. "Prince William, a Search and Rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, took the unprecedented step of opting for paternity leave after Prince George was born. He also drove his family home, forgoing a chauffeured escort, after the Duchess and baby were released from the hospital."

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