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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh spend their summer holidays at Balmoral every year, but this year there was speculation as to whether the couple would make the trip amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, they managed to travel to the Aberdeenshire estate. A palace spokesperson said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh plan to move to Balmoral Castle in early August to commence their annual summer stay. All arrangements will be in line with the relevant guidelines and advice.”
But, this year, the Queen will have to skip one weekly routine she would religiously take part in in previous years.
The Queen has been seen to attend the Sunday church service at Crathie Kirk with members of the Royal Family every week, but has missed out this year.
The coronavirus pandemic means it was not safe for the 94-year-old monarch to attend the gathering.
It is understood the Queen wants to avoid encouraging crowds gathering at the church.
But, it seems as though the Queen has found another, more convenient way, to worship.
According to the Court Circular for August 30, the monarch held a private prayer at Balmoral, in the comfort of her own home.
The records state: “A service of Prayer and Reflection was held at Balmoral Castle this evening.
“The Reverend Kenneth Mackenzie preached the sermon.”
A similar arrangement was in place when the Queen and Prince Philip were staying at Windsor Castle during lockdown.
The monarch could not attend Sunday services at the Royal Chapel of All Saints on the sprawling estate.
However, it is believed that the Queen would have been allowed to attend service at her own private chapel in Windsor Castle.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh did, however, venture out for their granddaughter’s birthday last month.
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Princess Beatrice wed millionaire property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in July.
The wedding took place in Windsor before the Queen and Prince Philip travelled up to Balmoral.
A source told the Sun just how important it was for Beatrice to have her grandmother present as she tied the knot.
The source said: “They were obviously very keen for the Queen to come so the wedding had to happen before she goes up to Balmoral, so this was a great opportunity.”
The source also explained that special arrangements had to be made in order for Beatrice’s grandparents to safely attend.
They said: “They needed to make the wedding Covid-secure and safe for the Queen, so what better way than the All Saints Chapel with reception on site at the Royal Lodge.
“They are just like a normal family and had to make sacrifices like many others have up and down the country, and are looking forward to having a wonderful celebration when the time is right.”
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have been visited by a number of family members since staying at Balmoral, including Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.
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