With a full turnout at the 'Big House' every summer, the Cambridges have stayed at Charles' private residence Birkhall and a three-bedroom cottage on the estate, Tam-Na-Ghar, which holds very fond memories for the couple. People reports:
'William and Kate have spent some of their most romantic times at the residence, staying at a cottage called Tam-na-Ghar during their breaks from St Andrews University. The Prince also surprised his then-girlfriend in 2009, arranging a candle-lit dinner in a remote log cabin on the banks of the River Dee. A year later, Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton were guests of Prince Charles at his mansion on the estate, Birkhall. It was a sign that William and Kate's relationship was becoming even more serious – days later their engagement was announced.'
Visits to the highlands include plenty of fresh air, long walks, hearty meals and plenty of fun and games for the children. It's a great opportunity for the family to spend quality time together at the Queen and Prince Philip's beloved retreat. Previous visits have included picnics in the hills above Loch Muich.
In previous years, we've seen the Queen driving Kate and Carole Middleton around the estate. In ITV's documentary Our Queen at 90, Kate remarked: "I suppose what's really struck me is her love for the simple things in life. You would expect a lot of grandeur and a lot of fuss, but actually what really resonates with me is her love for the simple things, the lack of fuss, and I think that's a special quality to have." Below, Kate travelling with HM in 2016.
The stunning scenery...
On Sunday, we expect to see photos of the Cambridges arriving for Sunday service at Crathie Kirk. Last year, Kate chose her grey and black Catherine Walker coatdress.
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