The Queen news: why today is a sad day for the royal

The Queen news: why today is a sad day for the royal

> The Queen is marking a sad day today – find out why and what she would have been doing normally

The current health crisis has put a stop to many royal events, including one special engagement that the Queen would have marked on Monday.

The ceremony usually takes place on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, marking the start of Holyrood Week, but sadly this year’s event has been cancelled.

 

Throughout the week, royal family members would normally carry out engagements throughout Scotland, as well as attend the colourful garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Last year, the Queen wore a sunshine yellow coat dress as she attended the Ceremony of the Keys, where she was presented with a posy of flowers, inspected the Scots Guards and even made a furry new friend as she was pictured patting a guide dog on the nose.

The Queen news: why today is a sad day for the royal

The 94-year-old monarch typically spends the summer at her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, from the end of July to the end of September or the beginning of October.

This year, it’s not known whether she will travel up north with her husband Prince Philip. The pair have been currently spending lockdown at Windsor Castle since March and the Queen has not carried out any in-person engagements.

The Queen news: why today is a sad day for the royal

For the first few days of her summer break, Her Majesty usually stays in a seven-bedroom stone house on her estate, Craigowan Lodge, while Balmoral Castle is open to tourists until August.

Royal watchers also usually catch a glimpse of the Queen when she attends Sunday church at nearby Crathie Kirk.

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