Even monarchs need a break. Lucky for Queen Elizabeth, school Buckingham Palace is officially out for summer.
Her Majesty arrived at her Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, today after getting a later start on her vacation than usual in order to have a meeting with new prime minister Boris Johnson.
The 93-year-old queen was greeted upon her arrival at Balmoral by a very regal Shetland pony named Corporal Cruachan IV, who happens to serve as the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. As you’ll notice in the slideshow below, Queen Elizabeth also met with soldiers from 5 Scots (a subset of the regiment) and the Pipes and Drums unit from 4 Scots. The Royal Guard will watch over her and the rest of the royal family while they summer at Balmoral.