William, Kate, George and Charlotte Get Ready to End Summer in Scotland (with Granny the Queen!)
The royals are expected at Balmoral to spend time with Queen Elizabeth
The trip comes shortly after William and Kate’s coastal visit to Cornwall and the Scilly Isles off the southwest tip of England last week. Now they are planning to head to the other end of the U.K., where the Queen arrived in August. (She first spent several days at the more intimate Craigowen Lodge on the estate, which she prefers to the castle when she has little or no guests and a small entourage.)
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William, of course, is passionate about shooting and the outdoor life that the vast highlands estate provides. He and Kate first fell in love in Scotland during their university days at St. Andrews, and now the couple enjoy immersing their kids in the delights of the countryside. And last week, rural-life loving Kate, who spends most of her time at their grand country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk, revealed she’d secretly like to be a farmer.
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Over this past weekend, the Queen, 90, alongside her kilted husband Prince Philip, 95, and son Prince Charles (who sat with sister Princess Anne), enjoyed a laugh at the annual Braemar Games, watching the annual tug-of-war and other traditional highland games. It’s thought that Charles’s wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was spending time with her family. “They were having a good chuckle at the tug-of-war and the sack race,” says one guest at the games.
Last year, William and Kate and their young family were on hand to spend time with the Queen as she passed her record-breaking reign mark on September 9. If they are there for next weekend, there is every possibility that they will head to Sunday service at Crathie Church.