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Queen leaves gifts for Prince William and his kids on Balmoral beds, author says

Kate Middleton, Prince William and their three kids are believed to normally spend their time at Balmoral immersed in nature – but they also spend time with the Queen

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George (bottom left), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge

The Queen leaves a little surprise for Prince William, Kate Middleton and his kids at Balmoral, a royal expert has claimed.

Royal author Katie Nicholl said the Queen leaves personally-chosen gifts on her loved ones’ beds when Kate and William visit her with their three children – George, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3.

Writing in Vanity Fair, she said: “When the Cambridges stay at the Queen’s Scottish castle, the monarch has been known to leave small personally chosen gifts on her grandchildren’s beds.”

Reports of the sweet tradition come amid the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the past week at Balmoral Castle with the Queen with their little ones.

The Queen will have greatly looked forward to their visit, the expert added, citing a family friend.

The last weekend of August had reportedly become a time reserved for the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



The Queen took residence at Balmoral Castle in early August after it was closed to visitors
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“It has become a tradition in recent years that the Bank Holiday weekend is the final family get-together before Christmas and everyone is invited,” the source said to Vanity Fair.

“In the past, it has turned into one big sleepover with lots of the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her Majesty enjoys it immensely.”

Kate, William and their three children are believed to normally spend their time at Balmoral immersed in nature – taking long walks, going fishing and enjoying horse riding and cycling.

Prince William wants his children to have similar experiences to the one he had during his summer holidays at Balmoral, the source added.



The Royal Standard flying at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, indicating the Queen is in residence
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Indeed, the Duke of Cambridge spoke fondly about Scotland and his time at Balmoral during a speech he delivered in May at the opening ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

He said: “My childhood was full of holidays having fun in the fresh air and swimming in lochs, family barbeques with my grandfather in command, and yes – the odd midge.”

Kate and Prince William aren’t the only guests the Queen is believed to have had over the past month spent at Balmoral.

In mid-August, Princess Eugenie, 31, was spotted landing at Aberdeen Airport.

Her arrival in Scotland suggested she spent a few days with the Queen in the company of her husband Jack Brooksbank and child August Philip Hawke.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are also believed to have spent a few days together at Balmoral.







Moreover, the Daily Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden claimed in late August the monarch had visited Glen Muick – known to be one of her favourite beauty spots in Scotland.

There, the commentator claimed the monarch would have hosted a picnic in the company of a few youngsters, believed to be either the children of Zara Tindall or her brother Peter Phillips.

Peter, the Queen’s oldest grandchild who has often been described as Her Majesty’s favourite one, has two daughters – Isla and Savannah.

Zara, daughter of Princess Anne, has three children – Mia, Lena and Lucas.









The Queen arrived in Scotland on July 23 but only took residence at Balmoral Castle in early August, after it was closed to visitors.

On August 9, the Queen’s arrival at her Scottish home was celebrated with a ceremony taking place outside her castle.

She is expected to stay in Scotland until at least October 2, when she will take part in a special opening of the Scottish Parliament.



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