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Her Majesty, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, arrived at Balmoral Castle in Scotland yesterday for the start of their summer holiday. They boarded a private plane at Windsor Castle, where they have been shielding since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, and flew to Aberdeenshire, before being taken by car to the Balmoral estate. The couple, along with numerous other royals, have been spending their summer holidays at Balmoral since time immemorial.
Despite being one of the richest people in the world and no doubt having the resources to holiday abroad, the Queen chooses to spend it in Scotland, where she feels most at home.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinbrgh even spent part of their honeymoon at Birkhall hunting lodge, located on the estate, in 1947.
Birkhall is now the property of the Prince of Wales.
At Balmoral, the Royal Family enjoy outdoor pursuits like horse-riding, fishing and shooting, as well as walking the dogs, barbecues and picnics.
Princess Eugenie said in 2016: “I think Granny is most happy [at Balmoral]. I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”
This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, more Britons are considering going on holiday within the UK.
According to Google Trends, the search terms ‘staycation’, ‘holiday in UK’ and ‘holiday in the UK’ have all soared since April.
Search for ‘holiday in the UK’ shot up towards the end of March when the lockdown was announced, and then again during May, shortly after the Government announced new changes to the lockdown rules.
Plus, the online tool Keyword Finder has revealed there are now more searches being made each month in the UK for ‘staycations’ than ever before.
According to analysis by citysuites.com, there are an average of 6,600 searches made per-month in the UK for ‘staycation’, but during March 2020 and April 2020 there were around 8,100 searches per month.
What’s more, a survey of over 2,000 adults by CitySuites found that 24.9 percent of respondents said they would prefer to holiday in the UK until a coronavirus vaccine was found, while 24.7 percent said they wanted to travel abroad for a holiday again as soon as it is allowed.
Meanwhile, 17.76 percent said they prefer ‘staycations’ in the UK, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, and 21.28 percent said they did not want to go on holiday at all this year.
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If these people follow through with their plans, this will mean there will be almost twice as many people not holidaying than last year.
The survey also broke down responses in to demographics: for example, one in three young people want to go on holiday abroad as soon as they’re allowed, whereas just one in five people aged 55 and above say the same and a quarter of respondents over the age of 55 said they don’t want to go on holiday at all this year.
More men than women were keen for a holiday abroad, with 25.87 percent of men and 23.6 percent of women responding as such.
Londoners were most keen to go abroad ‒ around one in three ‒ while those in Leeds were a little more cautious, with more people in Leeds than any other UK city saying they did not want to go on holiday at all.
According to the Evening Standard, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the all-clear for holidays in England in June, there was a rush for booking domestic holidays.
Luxury lodge specialist Hoseans said it had a booking every 11 seconds, while cottages.com reported a 455 percent increase on year-on-year bookings.
Airbnb also said it had recorded more domestic bookings in the UK during three months in June than in the entire month of April.
Simon Altham, chief commercial officer of Awaze UK, parent company of both Hoseasons and cottages.com, said: “We were expecting greater levels of interest, but the surge in demand was still surprising and we certainly hadn’t expected a record day.
“July and August are likely to be very busy as a result, but we’re also expecting greater than usual levels of demand for September and October too as the season extends.”
That said, with air bridges announced in July, many people have also taken the opportunity for a holiday in the sun.
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