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Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral: All About Her Scottish Castle Hideaway in Fall

Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral: All About Her Scottish Castle Hideaway in Fall

The changing of the season saw 伊丽莎白女王 plant a new tree at her Balmoral Castle estate on Friday.

It was an important milestone, kicking off a period of planting that the royals hoped will be replicated across the U.K. in the lead-up to her upcoming Platinum Jubilee 明年.

The colors of fall were evident from miles around as the Queen, 95, 和 查尔斯王子, 72, planted the symbolic tree. “The mixed mature deciduous trees and shrubs show off their vibrant colors,” at this time of year, the castle’s head gardener Brian Corr tells PEOPLE 皇家队.

The orange, yellow and red tints of the natural groups and specimens of maples, oaks, limes, aspen and birch further enhance the idyllic landscapes of the Balmoral Castle gardens and grounds,” 他补充说.

Balmoral Castle

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Balmoral Castle
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The royal family has been coming to the castle, set amid the majestic Cairngorm mountains, 为了 170 年. 皇后, who has been at the estate since late July, “takes a keen interest in all aspects of the estate and gardens, and often comments on their beauty when in residence,” says Corr.

During her time in Scotland, 伊丽莎白女王 has been entertaining family and friends as she keeps up with work, reading the documents in her red boxes and conducting meetings with government ministers and her advisers.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince of Wales

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince of Wales
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and local schoolchildren
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Much of the food that the family eats — and the flowers that decorate their rooms — comes from the magnificent kitchen garden to the south of the Castle and its grand greenhouses. “There is a particular magic to Balmoral gardens in autumn as during this this time the vegetables are mature and ready for final harvesting,” Corr tells PEOPLE. “There is something very personal and rewarding about harvesting the vegetables, knowing they will be used by the Queen and the royal family when they are in residence at Balmoral.

他补充说, “The garden operates on organic principles and operates a no-dig policy. At the end of the growing season, the vegetable plots are covered with compost created from the waste vegetable matter from the garden.They also use biological methods to combat the pests like whiteflies, aphids and mealy bugs at bay, while they use pest and disease resistant varieties of vegetables.

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As well as the majestic trees, there are late flowering annuals can be seen in the flower borders and late flowering herbaceous perennials such as the Rudbeckia flower late into the autumn months, Corr reports.

You get a real sense of spirit of the place when visiting the gardens at Balmoral Castle,” 他补充说.

For more exclusive royal insights, including glamorous photos and even a glimpse inside the Queen’s purse, pick up PEOPLE 皇家队fall issue, 现在出来!

Royals quarterly Fall 2021

Royals quarterly Fall 2021

Staying on the estate and visiting the castle, when the family is not in residence, 在一天结束时 arranged via the website.