THE little-known Royal cottage where Princes William and Harry spent many happy summers was dubbed the “most beautiful place on earth” by royals who visited.
Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was the late Queen’s go-to vacation destination in the summer.
But less than a mile down the road sits Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate.
The longest-reigning monarch treasured holidaying in the cottage where she enjoyed quality time with her extended family there, especially with grandsons William and Harry.
Queen Elizabeth II spent three months every summer at the Scottish castle and would “kick off her shoes” to relax.
Holidays up in Scotland with her grandsons were cherished memories for the Queen, who doted on the pair.
She and Prince Philip also used to host family barbecues there.
The Queen named her lockdown corgi “Muick” after the beauty spot of the same name at Balmoral.
King Charles and Princess Diana spent time at Craigowan Lodge with their sons when they were visiting Balmoral in the summer.
He and his then-fiancé were photographed before their wedding while staying at the home.
On the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Princess Eugenie spoke about how much the Scottish highlands mean to her remarkable grandmother
She said: “It’s the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”
Royal author Katie Nicholls said the Queen and Prince Philip adored the time they got to spend with William and Harry at Balmoral.
Set in 50,000 acres, the Queen “encouraged them to let off steam at Balmoral”, and their grandfather also spent quality time with them.
He “taught them how to salmon-fish, and the boys would spend hours romping with him through the wild Scottish countryside”, Kate added.
Queen Elizabeth was residing at Balmoral when the news broke of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
In her role as monarch, she held out an olive branch to Harry and Meghan by inviting them to Balmoral during her summer break.
Her family would take turns to visit with Kate and William going with their children George, Charlotte and Louis last year.
Edward and Sophie also visited with Lady Louise and Viscount James.
Prince Andrew hid on the 50,000-acre estate for many weeks while US lawyers attempted to serve his sex abuse writ.
Source: The Sun