The ceremony even involved a Shetland Pony.The Queen has officially arrived at Balmoral Castle, welcomed with a guard of honour, featuring a Shetland pony. As is tradition, the Queen inspected troops from the Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The 3rd Battalion performed the pipes and drums during the ceremony, which also featured a Shetland pony – Lance Corporal Cruachan IV. This is the first time the Monarch has visited Balmoral for her annual stay since the death of her Husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
The spot on Royal Deeside has been a regular fixture for the royal family since the days of Queen Victoria. Various members of the Royal Family are welcomed to join her at the castle throughout her stay.
A picture released following Philip’s death in April showed the Queen and her late husband surrounded by their great-grandchildren at their Scottish home.
Last year the welcome ceremony was not performed due to the pandemic.
Queen sends heartfelt message to Team GB’s Olympic heroes after Tokyo success
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has sent her congratulations to all those who took part in the Games. The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to all those who took part in the Tokyo Olympic Games, which finished this weekend.
The monarch said: “I send my warmest congratulations to the competitors from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and across the Commonwealth, following their success at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in recent weeks.
“The skill, determination and hard work shown by the athletes and their support teams throughout the unique and challenging circumstances of the last year has been an inspiration to us all.” There will be more to follow on this breaking news story.