Queen arrives in Royal Deeside

The Queen at Balmoral
The Queen at Balmoral

The Queen arrived alone in Royal Deeside last weekend to begin her annual summer holiday in Balmoral as Prince Philip recovers from illness.

After landing at Aberdeen airport, the monarch was picked up by a dark green range rover along with her pet corgis.

The Duke of Edinburgh, has been recovering from surgery at Sandringham House, after being discharged from hospital in June.

Prince Philip underwent an exploratory operation on his stomach earlier in the summer and afterward spent two weeks recovering at the London clinic.

Looking relaxed and ready to enjoy the comforts of her home away from home, the Queen stepped off the plane wearing a floral headscarf and a pink skirt suit.

Earlier this year the Queen invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or the Earl and Countess of Strathern as they are known in Scotland, to spend time on the estate this summer with their new son Prince George.

The secluded spot has often been the perfect hideaway for the Royals with acres of land, rivers, wildlife and ancient woodland surrounding the castle giving them a rare opportunity to enjoy a private life.

Staff at Balmoral have been eagerly awaiting the Queens arrival and have been working hard to insure the house is ready, complete with Balloons to celebrate the birth of Prince George.

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to join the Queen at Balmoral later in August.