Queen wears royal blue to attend a Sunday Service at Balmoral with her son Prince Edward and granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor

The Queen looked regal in royal blue today as she was joined by Prince Edward and Lady Louise Windsor for a Sunday service on her Balmoral Estate.

Her Majesty, 93, is staying at the seven-bedroomed Craigowan Lodge on the estate about a mile from the castle which at the moment is open to tourists. 

Donning her signature brightly coloured coordinating suit, Elizabeth II matched her jacket and hat while sitting next to her youngest granddaughter Louise, 15.

Accessorising with classic pearls and a sparkling brooch, the Queen chatted to her family as she was driven to worship.

Travelling with his mother was Prince Edward, 55,  who wore a tweed jacket and a deep green tie.

Lady Louise almost matched her grandmother in a navy blue cardigan, which she paired with a crisp white shirt.

Also in the little grey church next to the castle was Dr. Alan Gibb, a retired ear, nose and throat specialist, who will be 100 next Sunday and is expecting a letter from the Queen who will have returned south by then. 

The Queen will be hosting a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday and is expected to leave from Aberdeen Airport on Monday or Tuesday.

The monarch always arrives at the end of May to be brought up to date on the running of the 50,000-acre estate which she owns privately.

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Her Majesty is keen for the estate to be as eco-friendly as possible and has planted thousands of trees – at her own expense – on the upper reaches of the River Muick, a tributary of the River Dee.

Her four-strong Ranger Service patrols and watches over key wildlife species as well as offering advice and their expertise to the 50,000 visitors annually. 

Elizabeth II‘s visit coincided with the 200th anniversary of the birth of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who, with her husband Albert, first purchased Balmoral Castle in 1852.

The City of Leeds Pipe Band led the celebrations for visitors playing twice on the sweeping front lawn of the castle. 

The band had in its ranks a descendant of Angus Mackay, Queen Victoria‘s first piper.

The Queen had a small private celebration at Craigowan with Prince Edward and his daughter, Lady Louise Windsor.

A source locally said: ‘It was a small but significant occasion.‘

While often accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, it seems that the Queen‘s husband had remained at home as she was chauffeur-driven to the Sunday service.

The flying visit comes amid much celebration within the royal family; the Queen recently welcomed her eighth great-grandchild, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 

Last week her cousin‘s daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, wed at St George‘s Chapel in Windsor – almost exactly one year on from 2018‘s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.