The Queen heads for cooler climes at Balmoral: Her Majesty leaves Windsor Castle for Scottish home
The monarch, 96, was seen looking out from the rear passenger window as a police convoy led her vehicle away from Windsor Castle this afternoon. Balmoral has had a number of adaptations in recent years, including her Craigowan Lodge, which was fitted with a wheelchair-friendly lift in 2021.The castle was bought for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852 for £32,000, and it has been the Scottish home of the royal family since. She usually arrives at the estate in mid-July.It comes after Her Majesty kept calm and carried on with her royal duties as Britain faced its hottest day on record on Tuesday.
The Queen may have the all-important role of monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but that doesn't mean she doesn't find joy in the little things in life. You would expect the Queen's diet to be relatively strict, especially as she has several personal chefs who keep her fed, but it appears her tastes are not too different from your average commoner's.
Fancy dinner parties and exquisite banquets may be exciting, but they must get boring after a while. So, when Her Majesty visits Balmoral for her summer holidays, she likes to tuck into a very popular British delicacy as a treat.
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According to The Mirror, when the Queen is up in Scotland, she does like to indulge in a classic portion of fish and chips from time to time. It has been reported that Her Majesty 'chooses one of roughly £10 dishes from nearby town Ballater each time she places an order'.
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But being Queen means that Her Majesty can't just waltz into any old chip shop to pick up her favourite takeaway herself. A source told Fabulous magazine that she sends a footman to go and collect her food and bring it back to Balmoral.
The source said: "She occasionally treats herself to fish and chips when at Balmoral. A footman is despatched to get it from the local town of Ballater."
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© Getty Images The Queen loves to order fish and chips when at Balmoral
Her Majesty is certainly not the only royal to be partial to fast food. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also said to love takeaways, although they do not always agree on what they should order.
In an interview with BBC Radio One, Kate admitted that she and William like to order an Indian takeaway. However, William is not to keen on spicy food, she said, so he doesn't usually eat it with her.
Despite his dislike for spice, the Prince does still enjoy a curry from time to time. On BBC Radio Five Live's That Peter Crouch Podcast, he was offered a curry from the footballer's local Indian restaurant located in Ealing, London.
It is unknown whether or not Prince Harry still occasionally indulge in a takeaway now and again. In the past few years Prince Harry has been spotted grabbing a Nandos at their London's Fulham Broadway branch.
Inside Balmoral Castle where the Queen has just gone to spend her summer
The Queen travelled from Windsor to Balmoral this weekUnlike royal properties including Buckingham Palace, the castle is the residence of the royals and was also adored by Queen Victoria.
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