Balmoral walkers bump into The Queen

A group of Mearns walkers got more than a mere relaxing stroll in the countryside when out for a walk near Loch Muick recently.

The Mearns 50 plus walking group were in line for a right Royal treat after bumping into Her Majesty The Queen who was also taking to the hills for a picnic.

A walker from the group, who prefers to go under the pseudo name ‘Footsore’, described the scene to the Piper: “It is always a relief to reach the open sandy area at the top of the loch. This, in turn, leads to a small wood which shields the impressive Glas-allt-Shiel house built by Queen Victoria. It was in this wood that (we) met for lunch before setting off on the final part of the walk.

It was then that the group spotted the world’s most famous woman.

“This part was again on a Land Rover track, and who did (we) meet but the Queen herself, driving a Range Rover! Apparently she was going to Glas- allt Sheil for a picnic.”

Her Majesty is known for being very independent when on holiday at her Balmoral retreat.

She is known to drive herself when going for walks in the hills, a habit immortalised in Helen Mirren’s recent cinema portrayal of the Head of State in ‘The Queen’.

And Royal Deeside was certainly full of royals that day as it came to light that another high profile member of the family was also out getting some fresh air.

‘Footsore’ added: “Dave Shaw, the walk leader, spoke to a couple who had passed the lodge slightly earlier and had seen Princess Anne, who spoke to them.”

There were no sightings of the younger royals, the Count and Countess of Strathearn with their son Prince George, who are also in residence.