Every year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip retire to their summer home at Balmoral Castle for some well-earned rest and relaxation from August to September. There, the 93-year-old queen is free to decompress from stately matters with horseback rides and pastoral jaunts. But there’s one royal tradition she continues to observe while on summer vacay: going to church.
Her Majesty visited Crathie Kirk Church before services began yesterday, Sunday, August 11, as is tradition. The church, which is located in Crathie of Aberdeenshire (the town in Scotland where Balmoral Castle is), has been a staple of royal summer vacations long before Queen Elizabeth began her reign.
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to worship at the church in 1848 and since then, every British king or queen has attended services there while staying at the nearby Balmoral Castle.
For her trip to church, Queen Elizabeth was driven in one of her Rolls-Royce Phantoms while her son Prince Andrew sat alongside her. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles drove separately (the Prince of Wales manned the wheel) to the Sunday service.