The 95-year-old headed to the private estate in Scotland on her own following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a quieter royal calendar than usual – but it has been an eventful 2021 for the family.
The Queen has welcomed three new great-grandchildren into the world: August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, Lucas Philip Tindall and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Her Majesty may arrive at the 50,000-acre estate in Crathie, Aberdeenshire with peace in mind – though she will continue to work.
Every day of every year, wherever she is, the Queen receives from Government ministers, and from her representatives in the Commonwealth and foreign countries, information in the form of policy papers, Cabinet documents, and other State papers.
These are sent up to her by private secretaries in the red boxes also used by Government ministers to carry confidential documents.
The Queen is unlikely to be alone for very long as members of her family are invited to spend time with her at Balmoral every summer.
An insider has suggested Queen Elizabeth has been in need of a much-needed break from London.
The source told The Sun: “She could not wait to get away.
“She is still grieving very deeply and wanted to head to Balmoral to escape from things.
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“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
Its timing has provoked criticism from commentators and is said to have caused a “tsunami of fear” in royal circles.