The Queen will privately mourn the death of her husband, Prince Philip, at Balmoral on an "out of season" trip later this year, according to Royal insiders.
Her Majesty enjoyed many a summer's day with the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral Castle, enjoying Scotland's stunning wild scenery while enjoying each other's company.
Back in 2003, the Countess of Wessex pictured the couple here, carefree, dressed down and at peace.
After the Queen formally opens parliament on May 27th, she will make the 6-hour journey from Windsor to Scotland for her first trip to the estate since Philip died on April 9.
The trip is "out of season' for the Queen, who usually visits the area August to October.
It will reportedly be a low-key visit and unlike the trips the Royals usually make, there will be no days out or visits from heads of state.
Her Majesty is expected to use the time to grieve her late husband in private.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen will not stay in the castle itself, but at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate, far from the prying eyes of visiting tourists.
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The lodge is just a stones throw from where Philip and the Queen spent their honeymoon seven decades ago.
She will take with her a small staff, and her niece, Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret and a much-favoured family member, may join her for some of the time, it has been reported.
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Prince Philip died ahed 99 at Buckingham Palace with the Queen by his side.
The Duke of Edinburgh was buried a week later on 17th April, with his daughter, Princess Anne, and sons, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew, in attendance at the St George's Chapel ceremony.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
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