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See Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Enjoying Balmoral Castle in a Rare Personal Photo

Their son Prince Andrew took the image himself, back in 1984.
IMAGE ANDREW MILLIGAN - PA IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES
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Queen Elizabeth was officially welcomed to Scotland's Balmoral Castle—famously, her favorite royal residence—for her annual summer holiday on Tuesday. Soon after, her son Prince Andrew marked the occasion by sharing a 1980s-era photograph of the Queen and her husband spending some quality time on the castle's grounds.

"Today The Queen was officially welcomed to Balmoral Castle with a Guard of Honour from @theroyalregimentofscotland," the Instagram caption reads. "Every year, Her Majesty and The Royal Family enjoy spending time at Balmoral in the summer - this photo was taken by The Duke of York in the grounds of the Castle in 1984.?"

The image, taken from across a pond, shows the Queen in a red cardigan, standing alongside Prince Philip, in a full Scottish kilt. At their feet, a semi-obscured corgi stands at attention, seemingly occupied by something in the distance.

This rare look at the couple enjoying Balmoral is fully in line with what royal watchers have been told for some time: the British monarch finds rare peace during her precious weeks up north.

"I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands," the Queen's granddaughter Princess Eugenie explained in the documentary Our Queen At Ninety. "Walks, picnics, dogs—a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs—and people coming in and out all the time," she added. "It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run."

Photo by ANDREW MILLIGAN - PA IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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