Prince Charles attends traditional church service at Balmoral during break with the Queen | royal | New
The Prince of Wales was seen driving to the village of Aberdeenshire to attend the service. Other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Edward and his daughter Lady Louise Windsor, followed in a separate car driven by Princess Anne’s husband, Sir Tim Laurence.
The Queen is not believed to have attended the service.
It is traditional for members of the Royal Family to attend the service when in Scotland.
Crathie Kirk is situated next to Balmoral Castle and throughout Her Majesty’s reign was a regular visitor to services at the village church.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also have a home, known as Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate
Her Majesty is enjoying her traditional Scottish summer holiday at Balmoral where she usually stays from July to October.
Prince Charles, who made the short distance to service without the Duchess of Cornwall, visits his mother daily as concern grows over his continuing mobility issues.
It has previously been reported that the monarch receives ‘unusual’ daily visits from the Prince of Wales at Balmoral.
According to royal experts, unplanned visits are unusual as they tend to be planned by household staff.
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However, it is understood the monarch intends to watch Braemar’s annual matches next weekend.
Prince Andrew is also at Balmoral and is believed to be discussing his future with his mother.
Majesty Magazine’s Ingrid Seward said Prince Charles’ visits were “very unusual” because cabinet members don’t see each other as often as the public might think.
She said: “It’s very unusual for Prince Charles to make these kinds of impromptu visits to see his mother.
“Everyone thinks they normally see each other all the time, but that’s not the case.
“They often blame geography because everyone is scattered all over the country.”
A source also told The Sun that the Queen was “advised” not to travel to London.
They said: “”The Queen has now been advised not to travel.
“But obviously nobody tells the Queen what to do and ultimately it’s her decision, and as we saw when she made a third appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Jubilee, she loves surprises.
“There are certain parts of his role that Prince Charles can do on his behalf, but the Queen is adamant that she appoints the Prime Minister.
“It may not be the best choice to fly the Queen 1,000 miles round trip for a 48 hour visit when Prime Ministers can easily travel to Balmoral instead.”