Queen enjoys lunch at a lodge on the Balmoral estate

When in Scotland! Queen dons a tartan skirt as she and Prince Philip are joined by their grandson James Viscount Severn for lunch at Balmoral

  • Queen was pictured arriving to a lodge at Balmoral alongside Prince Philip today
  • The royals were set to have lunch with Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and James
  • Young James, 11, was seen carrying a booster cushion as he got out of the car 

The Queen was pictured arriving at a lodge on the Balmoral estate in Scotland with Prince Philip today, ahead of a lunch with members of the royal family.

The monarch, 93, who spends every summer at the Scottish Castle, paid tribute her hosts in a tartan-inspired checked skirt and quilted jacket, arriving in a Range Rover.

Joined by her grandson James, Viscount Severn, 11, the family looked to be making the most of their summer stay in Aberdeenshire. 

The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 55, and his wife Sophie Wessex, 54, were also thought to be present, though they were not pictured.

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The Queen was pictured arriving at a lodge on the Balmoral estate in Scotland today with Prince Philip, ahead of a lunch with members of the royal family

James was seen holding a booster cushion as he stood outside the car with his grandfather Prince Philip, perhaps for use inside the car

James was seen holding a booster cushion as he stood outside the car with his grandfather Prince Philip, 98, perhaps for use inside the car.

Prince Philip looked stylish in beige trousers and a coordinating sweater, along with a green anorak. 

Dressed in camouflage trousers and a grey t-shirt, James’ appearance came a day after he was spotted fly-fishing with mother Sophie on Tuesday.

The Queen, Edward and Lady Louise Windsor were also spotted going horse riding near the River Dee yesterday. 

Joined by her youngest son Prince Edward, 55, his wife Sophie Wessex, 54, and their son James, Viscount Severn, 11, the family looked to be making the most of their summer stay in Aberdeenshire

Prince Philip and James were seen walking towards the lodge ahead of their family lunch together today

This year the traditional grouse shoot, which is an annual fixture in the royal calendar on the Queen’s 50,000-acre Scottish estate, has been called off.

The grouse shooting has been cancelled at Balmoral this year due to a fall in bird numbers.

Yesterday was the ‘Glorious 12th’ of August – the start of the grouse hunting season.

Shooting grouse is relished by the Royal Family on their summer holidays at Balmoral but heavy snowfall at the end of last year – followed by a dry and humid start to this summer – has reduced game bird breeding.

The monarch, 93, who spends every summer at the Scottish Castle, paid tribute her hosts in a tartan-inspired checked skirt and quilted jacket, arriving in a Range Rover

Prince Philip was seen handing a cushion to his grandson James, before they made their way into the lodge 

James, right, was dressed in camouflage trousers and a grey t-shirt

An estate source said: ‘Grouse numbers go up and down but this year they have plummeted.

‘There probably will be no grouse shooting on Balmoral this season. It’s very disappointing. There is still [deer] stalking.’

Other popular activities at Balmoral include horse-riding, picnics and country walks.

One person who may not be disappointed at the grouse shooting is the Duchess of Sussex, who is an active supporter of wildlife conservation and avid animal lover.

A source told The Sun: ‘Meghan is a fish eater and will apparently try her hand at fly fishing which will please Prince Charles as it was his beloved grandmother’s passion.

‘But there will no softening on Meghan’s stance against hunting, any stag or deer hunting fills her with horror.

‘Venison will not be one of her menu choices for sure.’

The Queen battled a gust of wind as she stood outside her Range Rover ahead of the lunch

The Queen, seen today, Edward and Lady Louise Windsor were also spotted going horse riding near the River Dee yesterday

Prince Philip looked stylish in beige trousers and a coordinating sweater, along with a green anorak

The monarch, 93, who spends every summer at the Scottish Castle, paid tribute her hosts in a tartan-inspired checked skirt and quilted jacket, arriving in a Range Rover

 

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