Inside George, Charlotte and Louis’s holiday in a 52,000-acre Scottish castle

The Royal Family retreats to Balmoral in Scotland each year to “let their hair down” away from the public, and this year is no exception.

Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, were brought earlier this week by the Prince and Princess of Wales to join King Charles.

The family’s first summer visit since the late Queen’s death there last September may make this year’s holiday rather sad.

But Balmoral has lots of activities to keep the royals busy throughout their stay, including George, Charlotte, and Louis.

Princess Eugenie claims that “walks, picnics, and a lot of dogs” make up a normal Balmoral day.

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Since the reign of Queen Victoria, British royals have found the Scottish castle a calming retreat.

They also enjoy having barbeques there due to the estate’s stunning 52,000-acre Scottish setting.

Balmoral also offers a variety of sports, with grouse hunting and fly fishing being popular group outings at the summer resort.

The castle is reportedly full of bats and the late Queen was said to assist staff in catching them with nets.

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A colony of pipistrelle bats that nest in the rafters of the vast Aberdeenshire estate’s ballroom is thought to be the explanation for this.

Balmoral holidays offer the chance for the royals to have some very casual fun away from their official obligations.

Kate even acknowledged that five-year-old Prince Louis, in particular, enjoys playing games at Balmoral Castle.

The royal mother of three told Australia’s Governor General David Hurley that her youngest child asked if the games could continue following the death of the Queen.

David shared that Kate said: “The younger one is now asking questions like, ‘do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral and things like that, cause she’s not going to be there?'”

The Royal Family enjoys pulling practical jokes, especially one that the late Prince Philip introduced.

Prince William previously said: “Instead of like a mustard pot we’d have a mustard tube, a squeezy mustard tube. And then he’d squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling.

“He used to get in a lot of trouble from my grandmother for covering most of the places we had lunch and things with mustard on the ceiling.”

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