Kate, Prince William and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are staying at the Queen's estate in Scotland

By Simon Perry
September 11, 2016 08:50 AM
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Granny’s in charge!

Queen Elizabeth II took Princess Kate on a drive through her Balmoral estate on Saturday, following in her long tradition of taking the wheel while out in the country.

The monarch wore a casual look which featured a green vest over a navy blue blouse. (Sadly she was not wearing one of her favorite country accessories – a silk headscarf.) Kate meanwhile looked like the epitome of English country chic in a green jacket, brown scarf and her long brunette locks pulled back in a tortoise shell-patterned headband.

William and Kate and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are staying on the estate for their annual late summer break with the Queen. They arrived in Scotland last week.

Prince William, who had been out on a grouse shoot near Loch Muick on Saturday, had gone up ahead of the Queen and Kate. Then the Queen was spotted by walkers.

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“They looked really happy,” a local tells PEOPLE. “They were coming up to see the others for a picnic when the shoot had its break.”

The royal party was photographed about five miles from the Queen’s Balmoral Castle, but still on the estate. The Queen drove Kate to a remote part of the estate to meet with William for a picnic.

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The couple is expected back in England later this coming week, as on Friday they are visiting a school just outside London to highlight their mental health campaign Heads Together, at a time when youngsters feel the pressures in the first weeks of starting school.

The extended royal family often makes the trip to Balmoral at least once during the Queen’s month-long vacation. Princess Anne is residing on the estate while she recovers from a bad chest infection that forced the hard-working royal to cancel her official engagements. Prince Harry will also reportedly make an appearance at the Scottish estate after he returns from his six-week charity expedition in Africa on Thursday.