Queen returns to Windsor Castle after annual summer stay at the Firm’s Scottish retreat

Queen and Charles help plant a tree together at Balmoral

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The 95-year-old monarch made the 500-mile cross-border trip after addressing members of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The Court Circular, which documents past royal engagements, confirmed the Queen made her return to England over the weekend.

Following her visit to Holyrood on Saturday, the Court Circular said: “Her Majesty arrived at Windsor Castle this afternoon.”

During her visit to Holyrood, Queen Elizabeth told MSPs about her “deep and abiding affection” for the late Prince Philip who tragically passed away in April at the age of 99.

“I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always had of our time here,” she said.

Her Majesty had been married to the Duke of Edinburgh for 73-years, making him the longest-serving consort in British history.

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But her trip to Balmoral was the first she made without her husband.

During her visit to the Firm’s Scottish retreat, which started on July 23, the Queen was joined by prominent members of the Royal Family, including Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

The Duchess of York, who still lives with Andrew at the Windsor Lodge, had reportedly been snubbed from having lengthier visits at Balmoral because of her strained relationship with Prince Philip.

Since making the trip back to Windsor, the Queen has continued with her Royal engagements.

She accompanied her youngest son Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday as the pair helped launch the Queen’s Baton Relay in anticipation of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Next week, on October 12, Her Majesty will join her daughter Princess Anne to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey.

But the Queen will not be kept away from Scotland for long.

She is expected to visit the nation’s largest city for COP 26 next month.

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Her Majesty will be joined by hundreds of world leaders, including Boris Johnson, on November 1 in an attempt to address and tackle climate change.

The UN will hold its summit in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12.

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