The Queen has been seen for the first time since arriving at Balmoral Estate in Glen Muick on Tuesday.
Her Majesty, 94, who carved a casual figure in a red top, waistcoat and tartan skirt, was spotted taking a brisk walk.
The monarch and Prince Philip, 99, who have isolated at Windsor Castle, traveled by car to RAF Northolt, in west London, last week, where they boarded a private jet to Balmoral.
After a short flight, the royals landed at Aberdeen airport, where they were met by a driver and taken to Balmoral, about an hour’s drive away.
The couple landed in cloudy weather, while the Queen wore a raincoat over her chic powder blue suit while her husband followed her down the stairs of the plane in his own practical waterproof coat.
The queen, 94, has been seen for the first time since arriving at Balmoral Estate in Glen Muick on Tuesday (pictured)
The monarch carved a casual figure in a red top, waistcoat and tartan skirt as she took her beloved Dorgis, Vulcan and Candy for a walk
They were followed by royal assistants carrying luggage and a pair of dorgis, the queen’s beloved dogs who are a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will stay on the 50,000-acre estate until the beginning of October and will be joined by family members during their stay.
It will be a welcome change for the couple, who have not left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March.
A group of royal assistants traveled to Scotland’s sprawling 50,000 acre estate for the day to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival.
The Queen went up into the hills and appeared to be in good company when three people – possibly Sophie Wessex and her two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, got out of the car.
The Queen (pictured) and Prince Philip will stay on the 50,000-acre estate until the beginning of October and will be joined by family members during their stay
Staff are believed to have been quarantined for two weeks to minimize the risk of exposing the Queen or Prince Philip, who are both in their 90s, to Covid-19.
Reports suggest that the carefully selected team of royal aides who will join the pair include Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the household; Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her pages.
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, her stable mate; Terry Pendry, her head bridegroom; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her senior dresser; Jackie Newbold, Kelly’s PA; and three assistant dressers will also join in, according to The Sunday Times.
Staff is thought to minimize contact with people outside the royal family to create a ‘Balmoral bubble’ designed to protect the Queen and Prince Philip.
Measures are also taken when members of the royal family come to visit. Typically, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are accompanied by their children and grandchildren as well as close friends during the summer holidays.
This year, however, all visitors, usually including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, are likely to maintain a social distance while on the grounds.
Family members will not reside in the castle with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as in previous years, but will instead be housed in other properties within the grounds of the estate.
They will be able to meet her for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding and picnics.
Previous reports suggest that Balmoral staff have been banned from social activities, and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been canceled due to the coronavirus.
An insider told the Mail on Sunday that “crazy” assistants are staying in the New Block, a drab granite building with a dozen bedrooms outside the castle.
The insider said, “Without all the normal facilities that make a stay enjoyable for the staff, everyone says it’s like you’re in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.