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 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, and her grandsons joined her there to escape the hysteria surrounding their mother’s death in 1997.
In her role as head of the 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.
The Queen spent her final days at Balmoral having fun with family, reading the Racing Post and watching TV with staff.
She first stayed in the seven-bedroom Craigowan Lodge on Royal Deeside, before moving a mile down the road to live in Balmoral Castle on August 9.
Her Majesty passed away on September 8 in the royal retreat.
She arrived at Balmoral for the last time on July 23, her second summer without Prince Philip.
The late monarch flew by private helicopter and was expected to stay until October to take some time away from royal duties.
Source: The Sun