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Stacey Leasca
August 02, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly taking a summer vacation in the coming weeks. And they’ll be visiting a very special person along the way.

According to People, the newest royal couple will soon jet off to Scotland to visit the royal family’s Balmoral Estate for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But this won’t be a romantic getaway. Instead, it will be a true family affair as Queen Elizabeth will be along for the ride.

This should come as no big surprise, however, considering the Queen owns the palatial home and typically spends her summers there. 

Each summer, Her Majesty sets up shop and simply lets the visitors roll in to see her. Last year, Kate Middleton and Prince William spent time with the Queen on the estate and will likely return this year as well, according to People.

And really, there is more than enough room for all of them. The estate, which has been owned by the royal family since 1852, comes with 50,000 acres of land located in the Scottish Highlands. Inside, visitors can enjoy a private theater, a ballroom, and some seriously stunning gardens curated by the Queen herself.

While we wish we could report something exciting happens at the estate during the royal’s summer vacation — like an illuminati meeting, or secret rendezvous with 007 himself — sadly, the nights spent there seem rather uneventful.

As the The Guardian previously shared, typical events at Balmoral include “a formal dinner and, weather permitting, an informal barbecue. Walking, fishing, and deer stalking are all on offer.” It’s no surprise then that Margaret Thatcher called trips to Balmoral “akin to purgatory.”

Beyond their summer trip to Balmoral, Prince Harry and Meghan are also expected to add a few stamps to their passports this fall. In October, the couple is scheduled to visit Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of Fiji to help celebrate the return of the Invictus Games. Then, who knows, maybe they’ll take time for that rumored trip to the United States, too.

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