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The Queen celebrated the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands by donning a gold stag brooch ahead of her arrival at Balmoral yesterday.

The Queen, 94, who has been isolating at Windsor Castle, was not wearing the accessory when she and the Duke of Edinburgh, left RAF Northolt, in west London, yesterday afternoon in a private jet bound for Aberdeen airport. 

However on their arrival at Balmoral, the royal family’s 50,000-acre estate, the Queen was seen sporting the charming pin on the lapel of her powder blue tweed suit. The brooch is not often seen on Her Majesty but is worn on occasion during her long summer holidays in Scotland. 

To add to the ensemble, the Queen wrapped her hair in a silk headscarf – a go-to look when she is off-duty. Prince Philip, 99, wore a jacket over his shirt and jumper.

The Queen waved to photographers and well-wishers as they drove into the sprawling estate, where they will remain until early October. They are expected to be joined by family members throughout their stay, although social distancing measures will be in place to protect Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

A moving truck from high-end firm Abels, which holds a royal warrant, arrived at the residence shortly before the couple.

The time in the Scottish countryside will be a welcome change of scenery for the couple, who have not left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at Balmoral for the start of their summer holiday.  Arriving at the Scottish holiday home, the Queen, 94, waved to photographers and well-wishers as she drove past

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at Balmoral for the start of their summer holiday.  Arriving at the Scottish holiday home, the Queen, 94, waved to photographers and well-wishers as she drove past

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at Balmoral for the start of their summer holiday.  Arriving at the Scottish holiday home, the Queen, 94, waved to photographers and well-wishers as she drove past

In a nod to the setting, the Queen had added a favourite gold stag brooch to the lapel of her powder blue tweed suit. The accessory is a favourite of Her Majesty when she is staying in Balmoral. She also wrapped her hair in a silk headscarf

In a nod to the setting, the Queen had added a favourite gold stag brooch to the lapel of her powder blue tweed suit. The accessory is a favourite of Her Majesty when she is staying in Balmoral. She also wrapped her hair in a silk headscarf

In a nod to the setting, the Queen had added a favourite gold stag brooch to the lapel of her powder blue tweed suit. The accessory is a favourite of Her Majesty when she is staying in Balmoral. She also wrapped her hair in a silk headscarf  

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle, travelled by car to RAF Northolt, in west London, yesterday, where they boarded a private jet. The Queen was wearing different accessories when she left England (pictured)

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle, travelled by car to RAF Northolt, in west London, yesterday, where they boarded a private jet. The Queen was wearing different accessories when she left England (pictured)

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle, travelled by car to RAF Northolt, in west London, yesterday, where they boarded a private jet. The Queen was wearing different accessories when she left England (pictured)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled by car from Windsor Castle to RAF Northolt to board the private plane, which formerly belonged to Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.  

After a short flight, the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, touched down at Aberdeen airport where they were met by a Range Rover. 

The couple landed in overcast weather, with the Queen donning a rain mac over her smart powder blue suit as her husband followed her down the stairs of the plane in his own practical waterproof coat. 

They were followed by royal aides carrying luggage and a pair of dorgis, the Queen’s beloved dogs which are a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi.

A group of royal aides travelled up to the estate ahead of time to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival. 

It is understood staff quarantined for two weeks in order to minimise the risk of the Queen or Prince Philip, who are both in their 90s, being exposed to Covid-19.  

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Scotland for the start of their summer holiday. The couple travelled by private jet from RAF Northolt, in west London, to Aberdeen airport where they were met by driver, pictured

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Scotland for the start of their summer holiday. The couple travelled by private jet from RAF Northolt, in west London, to Aberdeen airport where they were met by driver, pictured

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Scotland for the start of their summer holiday. The couple travelled by private jet from RAF Northolt, in west London, to Aberdeen airport where they were met by driver, pictured

The couple were followed off the plane by royal aides carrying luggage and their faithful dorgis - a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi. Pictured, a member of royal staff carries one of the dorgis off the flight

The couple were followed off the plane by royal aides carrying luggage and their faithful dorgis - a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi. Pictured, a member of royal staff carries one of the dorgis off the flight

The couple were followed off the plane by royal aides carrying luggage and their faithful dorgis – a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi. Pictured, a member of royal staff carries one of the dorgis off the flight

The Queen's removal van, from high-end moving company Abels is pictured crossing a bridge to approach the the Scottish castle

The Queen's removal van, from high-end moving company Abels is pictured crossing a bridge to approach the the Scottish castle

The Queen’s removal van, from high-end moving company Abels is pictured crossing a bridge to approach the the Scottish castle 

The Queens removal van departs Balmoral Castle after moving Her Majesty from Windsor Castle to Balmoral to mark the start of her summer break - albeit on a rainy day

The Queens removal van departs Balmoral Castle after moving Her Majesty from Windsor Castle to Balmoral to mark the start of her summer break - albeit on a rainy day

The Queens removal van departs Balmoral Castle after moving Her Majesty from Windsor Castle to Balmoral to mark the start of her summer break – albeit on a rainy day

Balmoral: The Royal Family’s summer retreat 

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple's arrival. The Queen and Philip will stay in the main castle, pictured

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple's arrival. The Queen and Philip will stay in the main castle, pictured

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival. The Queen and Philip will stay in the main castle, pictured

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.

In the autumn of 1842, two and a half years after her marriage to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria paid her first visit to Scotland. They were so struck with the Highlands that they resolved to return. A further visit to Perthshire and then Ardverikie encouraged them to seize the opportunity to purchase Balmoral. 

After Queen Victoria bought the Castle in 1852, plans were made to build a new castle about 100 yards north-west of the old building designed by the city of Aberdeen architect William Smith.

On 28 September 1853 the foundation stone of the new Castle was laid by Queen Victoria. Prince Albert took a great interest in the design and construction which was completed by 1856, also in the Scottish Baronial style.

The Castle is constructed from local granite, which was precision cut using the modern machinery of the day, producing a much smoother finish to the building than usual.

Prince Albert set about landscaping the area, starting a programme of improvements lasting several years, which was done in accordance with a model he had constructed in sand. The main works were completed by 1859 and included new houses, stables, workshops and schools.

Royals continue to make improvements to the castle and the ruggedly beautiful surroundings have captivated generations of royals since. 

The Queen has visited Balmoral almost every year of her reign and it holds a special place in her heart.  

 

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Reports suggest the hand-picked team of royal aides who will join the couple 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 equerry; Terry Pendry, her head groom; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her senior dresser; Jackie Newbold, Kelly’s PA; and three assistant dressers will also join, according to The Sunday Times.

It is thought staff will minimise their contact with people outside the royal household in order to create a ‘Balmoral bubble’ designed to keep the Queen and Prince Philip safe.

Measures will also be taken if any members of the royal family come to visit. Typically the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are joined by their children and grandchildren, as well as close friends, throughout the summer holiday. 

After the short flight, the couple were seen arriving to overcast weather, with the Queen donning a rain mac over her smart powder blue suit as her husband followed her down the stairs of the plane

After the short flight, the couple were seen arriving to overcast weather, with the Queen donning a rain mac over her smart powder blue suit as her husband followed her down the stairs of the plane

After the short flight, the couple were seen arriving to overcast weather, with the Queen donning a rain mac over her smart powder blue suit as her husband followed her down the stairs of the plane

The Queen's beloved dorgis were carried from the plane after the royal couple, one pictured above

The Queen's beloved dorgis were carried from the plane after the royal couple, one pictured above

The Queen’s beloved dorgis were carried from the plane after the royal couple, one pictured above 

Another royal aide was carrying what appears to be a new Apple laptop, unopened in its box (pictured)

Another royal aide was carrying what appears to be a new Apple laptop, unopened in its box (pictured)

Another royal aide was carrying what appears to be a new Apple laptop, unopened in its box (pictured)

Pampered pooches: The Queen’s lifelong love of dogs 

The Queen pictured with two of her corgis at Buckingham Palace in 1936

The Queen pictured with two of her corgis at Buckingham Palace in 1936

The Queen pictured with two of her corgis at Buckingham Palace in 1936 

Known for her love of Corgis, the Queen’s two remaining dogs – Vulcan and Candy – are in fact Dorgis, a Dachshund cross breed. 

She has not owned a Corgi since her last one, Willow, died in April 2018. 

Her love affair with the dogs began 85 years ago when the Queen’s father — then Duke of York — brought home a Pembroke corgi called Dookie from kennels in Surrey.

Three years later Jane arrived to breed with Dookie, but no puppies were forthcoming. 

Jane did produce two puppies with another mate, however, and Crackers and Carol joined King George and Queen Elizabeth’s household during World War II.

In 1944, Susan arrived as Princess Elizabeth’s 18th birthday present. Mistress and pet were inseparable. She even accompanied the Princess on her honeymoon with Prince Philip in 1947, hidden from view under a blanket in the royal carriage.

A year later, Susan followed her royal mistress into motherhood, producing a pair of puppies: Sugar, who belonged to Prince Charles, and Honey who, in later years, lived with the Queen Mother. It marked the beginning of a new royal dynasty.

Over the years, the Queen became one of the most experienced breeders of Pembrokeshire corgis in the country. She always chose the sire herself, aiming for good-looking puppies that maintain the red colouring of the original Pembrokes.

At one stage there were said to be 13 corgis — memorably described by Princess Diana as a ‘moving carpet’ — lolling in the Queen’s private sitting room, and nipping the heels of footmen, prime ministers, ladies-in-waiting and diplomats.

Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials

Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials

 Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials

Every few years, a fresh litter arrived and older dogs passed away. No puppies were ever sold; instead the Queen ensured that they went to good homes. Susan’s descendants have gone to Australia and America.

Then came the dorgis, a cross-breed resulting from an unplanned liaison between one of the Queen’s corgis and Princess Margaret’s dachshund Pipkin.

In 2009, it emerged that the Queen had stopped breeding the dogs. 

She worried about puppies and lively young dogs around her feet, and the fear that she might trip over, hurting herself or them. But what was not clear then was that she no longer wanted any new four-legged companions to replace those that died.

Monty Roberts, the Californian cowboy who inspired the Hollywood film The Horse Whisperer, who was an informal adviser to her on horses and dogs for more than 25 years offered to find her a replacement puppy in 2012, when Monty – named after him – died. 

‘But she didn’t want to have any more young dogs. She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind. I understood we would discuss it further at a later date,’ he said.

‘Well, we never did, and I have no right to try to force her into continuing to bring on young puppies if she doesn’t want to.’

By Richard Kay for the Daily Mail 

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However this year any visitors, who typically include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, will likely maintain social distancing while on site. 

Family members will not stay in the castle with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as they have done in previous years and will instead be housed in other properties in the grounds of the 50,000-acre estate.

They will be able to meet her for outside activities instead including walks, horse riding and picnics. 

Previous reports suggest Balmoral staff have been banned from social activity and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been cancelled due to coronavirus.

An insider told the Mail on Sunday ‘stir-crazy’ aides are staying in the New Block, a dull granite building with a dozen bedrooms outside near the castle.

The insider said: ‘Without all the normal facilities which make a stay pleasant for staff, everyone’s saying it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, travelled by car from Windsor to RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, travelled by car from Windsor to RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, travelled by car from Windsor to RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was dapper in a yellow collard shirt and green jumper as he travelled in the back of a car for the flight to Aberdeenshire yesterday

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was dapper in a yellow collard shirt and green jumper as he travelled in the back of a car for the flight to Aberdeenshire yesterday

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was dapper in a yellow collard shirt and green jumper as he travelled in the back of a car for the flight to Aberdeenshire yesterday

The Queen looked perfectly made up with a slick of berry-coloured lipstick and expertly coiffed hair as she arrived at the airfield with the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen looked perfectly made up with a slick of berry-coloured lipstick and expertly coiffed hair as she arrived at the airfield with the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen looked perfectly made up with a slick of berry-coloured lipstick and expertly coiffed hair as she arrived at the airfield with the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen, pictured, arrived at RAF Northolt in the back of a chauffeur-driven car ahead of the flight. She and Prince Philip will remain at Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, until early October

The Queen, pictured, arrived at RAF Northolt in the back of a chauffeur-driven car ahead of the flight. She and Prince Philip will remain at Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, until early October

The Queen, pictured, arrived at RAF Northolt in the back of a chauffeur-driven car ahead of the flight. She and Prince Philip will remain at Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, until early October

‘It’s the assignment from hell because there is absolutely nothing people can do. The social club remains shut and the staff bar closed. With so little to do they’re going stir-crazy.’

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been isolating at Windsor Castle with a reduced household since March 19.

Although she has been unable to carry out many engagements in person, the Queen has remained active in her royal duties, taking part in video call meetings and conducting her weekly audience with the Prime Minister via telephone. 

Meanwhile the Duke of Edinburgh recently came out of retirement to perform a long-distance royal engagement with his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall, who remained in Gloucestershire. 

The couple were most recently seen together at the wedding of their granddaughter Princess Beatrice, 31, and property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who tied the knot in secret on 17 July at Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor. 

That same day the Queen knighted Colonel Sir Tom Moore, 100, in recognition of his extraordinary fundraising efforts.  

At one point it was feared Covid-19 travel restrictions would scupper the Queen’s annual summer getaway. 

Meanwhile, Prince Charles also visited Scotland and shared pictures from his visit to the North Highlands. He met with his local Caithness to thank them for their work during the pandemic

Meanwhile, Prince Charles also visited Scotland and shared pictures from his visit to the North Highlands. He met with his local Caithness to thank them for their work during the pandemic

Meanwhile, Prince Charles also visited Scotland and shared pictures from his visit to the North Highlands. He met with his local Caithness to thank them for their work during the pandemic

The Prince of Wales sported a grey suit and his signature spotted tie and pocket square combo to meet representatives from Dounreay and the Castletown Community Council Trust to the Castle of Mey

The Prince of Wales sported a grey suit and his signature spotted tie and pocket square combo to meet representatives from Dounreay and the Castletown Community Council Trust to the Castle of Mey

The Prince of Wales sported a grey suit and his signature spotted tie and pocket square combo to meet representatives from Dounreay and the Castletown Community Council Trust to the Castle of Mey

Charles revealed on Instagram that he met with locals after hearing about the remarkable support they have provided locally including grocery and hot food deliveries, manufacturing of much needed PPE and vital prescription pick-ups for residents

Charles revealed on Instagram that he met with locals after hearing about the remarkable support they have provided locally including grocery and hot food deliveries, manufacturing of much needed PPE and vital prescription pick-ups for residents

Charles revealed on Instagram that he met with locals after hearing about the remarkable support they have provided locally including grocery and hot food deliveries, manufacturing of much needed PPE and vital prescription pick-ups for residents

The weeks in Balmoral will be a welcome change of scenery for the couple, who have not left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March. Pictured, the couple in the quadrangle of the royal residence in a photo shared to mark Philip's birthday in June

The weeks in Balmoral will be a welcome change of scenery for the couple, who have not left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March. Pictured, the couple in the quadrangle of the royal residence in a photo shared to mark Philip's birthday in June

The weeks in Balmoral will be a welcome change of scenery for the couple, who have not left the grounds of Windsor Castle since March. Pictured, the couple in the quadrangle of the royal residence in a photo shared to mark Philip’s birthday in June

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been isolating at Windsor Castle with a reduced household since March 19. Pictured, the quiet streets around Windsor last month

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been isolating at Windsor Castle with a reduced household since March 19. Pictured, the quiet streets around Windsor last month

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been isolating at Windsor Castle with a reduced household since March 19. Pictured, the quiet streets around Windsor last month

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Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop recounted their heartbreaking experiences with miscarriages in a very emotional episode of Studio 10 on Monday.

Speaking publicly for the first time about their tragic miscarriages, both women confessed they weren’t even aware of what the other had been through until recently, confessing there was a stigma about talking about it.

Sarah, 39, who was verging on tears during the segment, revealed she’d suffered a miscarriage eight weeks into her first pregnancy, and admitted just reliving it was causing her to get ‘all shaky’.

Speaking out: Sarah Harris (pictured) and Angela Bishop recounted their heartbreaking experiences with miscarriages on Studio 10 on Monday

Speaking out: Sarah Harris (pictured) and Angela Bishop recounted their heartbreaking experiences with miscarriages on Studio 10 on Monday

Traumatic: Speaking publicly for the first time about their tragic miscarriages, both women confessed they weren't even aware of what the other had been through. Pictured, Angela Bishop

Traumatic: Speaking publicly for the first time about their tragic miscarriages, both women confessed they weren't even aware of what the other had been through. Pictured, Angela Bishop

Speaking out: Sarah Harris (left) and Angela Bishop (right) recounted their heartbreaking experiences with miscarriages on Studio 10 on Monday

‘It was the day before the Logies… and I was trying on Spanx, as you do, and I was in the change room, and there was just blood everywhere,’ she said. 

‘I called my mother-in-law and said, “I don’t know what’s happening,” and she said, “You’re probably having a miscarriage.”‘

Sarah said she called her GP, who confirmed she was indeed having a miscarriage, and advised her to go for a scan on the Monday.

Getting emotional: Verging on tears, Sarah, 39, revealed she'd suffered a miscarriage eight weeks into her first pregnancy, and admitted just reliving it was causing her to get 'all shaky'

Getting emotional: Verging on tears, Sarah, 39, revealed she'd suffered a miscarriage eight weeks into her first pregnancy, and admitted just reliving it was causing her to get 'all shaky'

Getting emotional: Verging on tears, Sarah, 39, revealed she’d suffered a miscarriage eight weeks into her first pregnancy, and admitted just reliving it was causing her to get ‘all shaky’

‘For 36 hours, I just bled and thought, “Oh, well. That’s my first baby gone,” and I kind of just dealt with it in my own way,’ she revealed.

But after going for the scan, the sonographer discovered another heartbeat, and told Sarah she’d miscarried a twin, before she safely delivered her first son, Paul, in December 2015.

Sarah said the revelation that she was still pregnant led to what she described as a ‘horror’ few weeks, where she was too afraid to do anything in case she lost the other baby, too.

Miracle baby: After going for the scan, the sonographer discovered another heartbeat, and told Sarah she'd miscarried a twin, before she safely delivered her first son, Paul, in December 2015. Pictured with sons Paul and Harry

Miracle baby: After going for the scan, the sonographer discovered another heartbeat, and told Sarah she'd miscarried a twin, before she safely delivered her first son, Paul, in December 2015. Pictured with sons Paul and Harry

Miracle baby: After going for the scan, the sonographer discovered another heartbeat, and told Sarah she’d miscarried a twin, before she safely delivered her first son, Paul, in December 2015. Pictured with sons Paul and Harry

She admitted that it was still something she was coming to terms with, having never really dealt with it.

‘I don’t think I really took the time to grieve it, because I had that beautiful baby in the end,’ she confessed.

Meanwhile, Angela, 53, became tearful, dabbing her eyes with a tissue as she revealed she was a week late going for her eight-week scan, and when she did finally see her obstetrician, she was told the baby had no heartbeat.

Distraught: A tearful Angela, 53, revealed she was a week late going for her eight-week scan, and when she did finally see her obstetrician, she was told the baby had no heartbeat

Distraught: A tearful Angela, 53, revealed she was a week late going for her eight-week scan, and when she did finally see her obstetrician, she was told the baby had no heartbeat

Distraught: A tearful Angela, 53, revealed she was a week late going for her eight-week scan, and when she did finally see her obstetrician, she was told the baby had no heartbeat

The mum-of-one said she was already terrified of going for pregnancy scans, because her 13-year-old daughter Amelia’s heart condition had been diagnosed during the 20-week scan.

‘I never really dealt with it, and I now know in retrospect that I went into a pretty bad period of depression,’ she added. 

Both women admitted they were shocked to hear about each other’s experiences, and said the ‘taboo’ culture of discussing miscarriages was something that needed to change.   

Heartbreak: The mum-of-one said she was already terrified of going for pregnancy scans, because her 13-year-old daughter Amelia's heart condition had been diagnosed during the 20-week scan

Heartbreak: The mum-of-one said she was already terrified of going for pregnancy scans, because her 13-year-old daughter Amelia's heart condition had been diagnosed during the 20-week scan

Heartbreak: The mum-of-one said she was already terrified of going for pregnancy scans, because her 13-year-old daughter Amelia’s heart condition had been diagnosed during the 20-week scan

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Princess Beatrice reveals her secret wedding was ‘so much fun’ as she opens up about summer nuptials

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Princess Beatrice has said her secret wedding was ‘so much fun’ in her first comments about her surprise summer nuptials.  

The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, was due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, at St James’s Palace on 29 May but plans were postponed due to Covid-19 – and they instead tied the knot in a surprise secret ceremony at Windsor Castle on 17 July with just twenty guests. 

The royal has now spoken out about the wedding for the first time as she appeared in a video for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and announced the winners of the organisation’s Kids Summer Art Competition 2020.

In a video released on their Twitter page, Princess Beatrice said: ‘I had the chance to get married this summer and it was so much fun.’      

Princess Beatrice, 32, has revealed her secret wedding was 'so much fun' as she opened up about summer nuptials for the first time since tying the knot

Princess Beatrice, 32, has revealed her secret wedding was 'so much fun' as she opened up about summer nuptials for the first time since tying the knot

Princess Beatrice, 32, has revealed her secret wedding was ‘so much fun’ as she opened up about summer nuptials for the first time since tying the knot

Appearing in the clip, Princess Beatrice opted for a midi floral gown for the occasion and wore her long auburn locks in soft curls. 

Beatrice has been working with the charity for the past eight years and is its official royal patron. 

The royal has visited the hospice on several occasions and spent time with both the young children and their families who receive the much needed support and care.  

The video appears to have been filmed at the same time as the royal’s wedding dress was unveiled at Windsor Castle last week. 

The Queen's granddaughter was due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 36, at St James's Palace on 29 May but plans were postponed due to Covid-19 - and they instead tied the knot in a surprise secret ceremony at Windsor Castle on 17 July with just twenty guests

The Queen's granddaughter was due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 36, at St James's Palace on 29 May but plans were postponed due to Covid-19 - and they instead tied the knot in a surprise secret ceremony at Windsor Castle on 17 July with just twenty guests

The Queen’s granddaughter was due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 36, at St James’s Palace on 29 May but plans were postponed due to Covid-19 – and they instead tied the knot in a surprise secret ceremony at Windsor Castle on 17 July with just twenty guests

The Sir Norman Hartnell gown, first worn by the Queen in the 1960s, was loaned to Beatrice by her grandmother for her low-key wedding to Edo. 

Her wedding gown will be on display from September 24 until November 22, the Royal Collection Trust announced earlier this month. 

Princess Beatrice and Edo enjoyed a slimmed-down wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on July 17. 

The ceremony details were not made public beforehand and the pair were originally due to marry in the Chapel Royal followed by a reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace – but their wedding was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Appearing in the charity video, the royal beamed as she described her own secret summer wedding as 'such fun'

Appearing in the charity video, the royal beamed as she described her own secret summer wedding as 'such fun'

Appearing in the charity video, the royal beamed as she described her own secret summer wedding as ‘such fun’ 

The clip appears to have been filmed on the same day that Princess Beatrice attended the unveiling of her bridal gown at Windsor Castle last week

The clip appears to have been filmed on the same day that Princess Beatrice attended the unveiling of her bridal gown at Windsor Castle last week

The clip appears to have been filmed on the same day that Princess Beatrice attended the unveiling of her bridal gown at Windsor Castle last week 

Beatrice’s father the Duke of York walked her down the aisle but he did not feature in the photographs released by Buckingham Palace. The wedding was also attended by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Princess Beatrice’s latest comments come as the York family celebrate the news that Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie is expecting her first baby.

The royal, who married husband Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, are expecting the baby in early 2021. 

Sharing the news on Instagram last week, Eugenie, 30, wrote: ‘Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….,’ alongside photos of baby slippers and her and Jack smiling. 

Princess Beatrice and Edo enjoyed a slimmed-down wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on July 17, attended by just 20 guests

Princess Beatrice and Edo enjoyed a slimmed-down wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on July 17, attended by just 20 guests

Princess Beatrice and Edo enjoyed a slimmed-down wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on July 17, attended by just 20 guests

Her mother Sarah Ferguson shared her excitement, writing: ‘I am so excited by the news that Eugenie and Jack are expecting their first child.

‘Thrilled for them both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother. Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.’

On her Storytime with Fergie and Friends channel, she read out – appropriately enough – a tale of magic called Nanna Maureen, by Casey Gillespie.

The baby will be the first grandchild for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s ninth great-grandchild.

Princess Beatrice's comments come days after her younger sister Princess Eugenie announced she is expecting her first baby with husband Jack Brooksbank

Princess Beatrice's comments come days after her younger sister Princess Eugenie announced she is expecting her first baby with husband Jack Brooksbank

Princess Beatrice’s comments come days after her younger sister Princess Eugenie announced she is expecting her first baby with husband Jack Brooksbank

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Pitter patter of tiny feet! Eugenie, 30, shared the news on Instagram on Friday with a sweet photo of baby slippers and the caption: 'Jack and I are so excited for early 2021

Pitter patter of tiny feet! Eugenie, 30, shared the news on Instagram on Friday with a sweet photo of baby slippers and the caption: 'Jack and I are so excited for early 2021

Pitter patter of tiny feet! Eugenie, 30, shared the news on Instagram on Friday with a sweet photo of baby slippers and the caption: ‘Jack and I are so excited for early 2021

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Calls are growing for Daniel Andrews to resign after an inquiry heard the state’s hotel quarantine disaster caused 768 deaths and more than 18,000 coronavirus infections. 

Victorian Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said the quarantine operation was ‘the worst failure of public administration in Victorian history’. 

He added: ‘If accountability for the deaths and damage is to mean anything, all those responsible must go – starting with Andrews.’

Calls are growing for Daniel Andrews (pictured) to resign after an inquiry heard the state's hotel quarantine disaster caused 768 deaths

Calls are growing for Daniel Andrews (pictured) to resign after an inquiry heard the state's hotel quarantine disaster caused 768 deaths

Calls are growing for Daniel Andrews (pictured) to resign after an inquiry heard the state’s hotel quarantine disaster caused 768 deaths

Victorian Opposition leader Michael O'Brien said the quarantine operation (pictured are travellers arriving) was 'the worst failure of public administration in Victorian history'

Victorian Opposition leader Michael O'Brien said the quarantine operation (pictured are travellers arriving) was 'the worst failure of public administration in Victorian history'

Victorian Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said the quarantine operation (pictured are travellers arriving) was ‘the worst failure of public administration in Victorian history’

On Monday afternoon the final day of Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry heard the program’s failure was responsible for the deaths of all 768 residents who have died in the state’s second wave.

Counsel assisting Ben Ihle said: ‘The failure by the hotel quarantine program to contain this virus is at today’s date responsible for the deaths of 768 people and the infection of some 18,490 others.

‘One only needs to pause and to reflect on those figures to appreciate the full scope of devastation and despair’.

‘This was a program which failed to meet its primary objective.’ 

Mr Ihle said protective gear was not used properly, staff were poorly trained and there was a lack of social distancing at the quarantine hotels. 

He said the system was set up quickly and the government failed to monitor it.

‘What was established was necessarily untested and prudence dictated that the program should have been accompanied by intensive ongoing monitoring and auditing,’ he said.

‘The Victorian government failed to adequately ensure that this was done.’

Former Health Minister Jenny Mikakos resigned on Saturday after Mr Andrews said she was ‘accountable’ for the quarantine program. 

On Sunday Mr Andrews said he would not resign, telling reporters: ‘I don’t run from problems and challenges’. 

The final day of Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry heard the program's failure was responsible for the deaths of all 768 residents who died in the state's second wave. Pictured: Security guards at a quarantine hotel

The final day of Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry heard the program's failure was responsible for the deaths of all 768 residents who died in the state's second wave. Pictured: Security guards at a quarantine hotel

The final day of Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry heard the program’s failure was responsible for the deaths of all 768 residents who died in the state’s second wave. Pictured: Security guards at a quarantine hotel

Melbourne’s second wave of coronavirus was sparked in late May when the disease escaped from a quarantine hotel and rapidly spread around the city. 

‘The scientific evidence now strongly suggests, and we submit that the board can comfortably find, that 90 per cent of positive cases in Victoria since [26 May] are attributable to that initial outbreak at the Rydges in late May,’ Mr Ihle said.

The Victorian government has been criticised for using private security guards to man the hotels instead of the police and ADF troops like in New South Wales and Queensland.

The inquiry heard the fateful decision to use guards was likely made at a meeting at the state control centre on the afternoon March 27.

But the decision wasn’t made by one person or government department.

Rather, counsel assisting the inquiry Rachel Ellyard said it was a ‘creeping assumption that became a reality’.

‘While no one person made a decision, by the end of that state control centre meeting, it was understood by all present that that was what was going to happen,’ Ms Ellyard said in her closing submission on Monday.

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien

In that meeting, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Grainger said it was the force’s ‘preference’ that private security be used.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp stepped out of the meeting to take a call from Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.

Mr Crisp then texted Mr Grainger: ‘I stepped out to speak to Graham and I let him know you’re in this meeting… He made it clear… that private security is the first security option at hotels and not police’.

Ms Ellyard said Victoria Police’s preference was a ‘substantial contributing factor to that creeping consensus’.

‘The expression of a preference can readily be understood to have given the clear impression that police weren’t going to do it and there needed to be an alternative,’ she said.

Ms Ellyard said once the decision had been made, no one in the meeting gave ‘any specific consideration’ to the suitability of private security for the role.

Contracts written up by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions left infection control and training in personal protective equipment use to the security companies.

Hotels, meanwhile, were responsible for cleaning, unless a returned traveller tested positive to Covid-19.

‘Responsibility for managing the risk of infection and providing for the safety of those involved in the program should have remained with the state. No contract should have purported to outsource those matters,’ Ms Ellyard said.

Counsel assisting Tony Neal QC said there was no suggestion those who set up the program worked other than with ‘the best of intentions and to the best of their ability’.

‘Bad faith or corruption is not what the evidence shows,’ he said.

‘Yet it is true that the hastily assembled program failed at two locations within approximately two and a half months and with disastrous consequences.

‘A multitude of decisions, actions and inaction, many of which compounded the effect of the other, ultimately expressed itself in the outbreaks which subverted the very reason for the existence of a hotel quarantine program. 

Hotel quarantine: A timeline 

* March 27 – National cabinet announces returned overseas travellers will have to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine. The Australia Defence Force prepares 100 personnel in each large state (and 50 in smaller states and territories) to ‘support expected quarantine compliance monitoring requests’. NSW and Queensland accept the support, Victoria decides to use private security guards. The decision is made at a 4:30pm meeting in Victoria’s state control centre.

* March 28 – At another state control centre meeting, Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp says there is no need for ADF ‘boots on the ground’. Victoria’s hotel quarantine program, named Operation Soteria, launches at 11:59pm.

* April 8 – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emails Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles to offer ADF assistance.

* April 9 – Public Health Commander Finn Romanes writes to Department of Health and Human Services secretary warning of a ‘risk to the health and safety of detainees’ due to governance issues. Letter backed by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and his deputy Annaliese van Diemen.

* April 11 – Man takes own life while in quarantine at Pan Pacific hotel.

* May 15 – A family of four with COVID-19 are moved to the Rydges on Swanston hotel, a ‘hot’ hotel.

* May 25 – A staff member at the Rydges on Swanston tests positive to COVID-19. Two others develop symptoms.

* May 27 – Rydges on Swanston outbreak first identified by the DHHS. It will grow to 17 people who have either worked at the hotel, or are household members or social contacts.

* June 1 – Stage-three restrictions eased.

* June 14 – Staff member at Stamford Plaza tests positive to COVID-19.

* June 17 – Stamford Plaza outbreak identified by DHHS. The cluster will grow to 46 people.

* June 21 – Further easing of restrictions.

* June 24 – Mr Crisp requests 850 ADF personnel to replace private security at hotels. Request rescinded a day later as the Department of Justice and Community Safety takes over the program.

* June 26 – It’s revealed 30 per cent of travellers in hotel quarantine are refusing tests.

* June 29 – Hot-spot Melbourne suburbs return to lockdown and international flights diverted.

* June 30 – Premier Daniel Andrews announces an inquiry into the hotel quarantine program after genomic sequencing revealed a number of COVID-19 cases can be linked to ‘staff members in hotel quarantine breaching well-known and well-understood infection control protocols’.

* July 4 – Hard lockdown announced at short notice for nine public housing towers. State records 108 new cases – its first day above 100 since late March.

* July 4, July 6, July 11 – As Victorian cases escalate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison writes to Mr Andrews three times offering ADF support.

* July 6 – The Victoria-NSW border shuts for first time in century.

* July 8 – Melbourne and Mitchell Shire go into stage-three lockdown for six weeks.

* July 20 – Hotel Quarantine Inquiry begins.

* August 2 – Victoria records 671 cases and seven deaths. State of disaster declared, stage four restrictions imposed.

* August 5 – Stage four restrictions delay inquiry’s public hearings by two weeks. State records 725 new cases and 15 deaths.

* August 11 – Mr Andrews tells a parliamentary inquiry ADF support was not offered for hotel quarantine, sparking war of words with federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

* August 17 – Public hearings at inquiry begin.

* August 18 – DHHS epidemiologist Charles Alpren tells inquiry 99 per cent of active cases in Victoria stem from Rydges and Stamford outbreaks.

* September 6 – Stage four restrictions extended until October.

* September 25 – Mr Andrews appears before inquiry, apologises for mistakes. The program is responsible for more than 18,000 COVID-19 infections and 750 deaths.

* September 26 – Health Minister Jenny Mikakos resigns.

* September 28 – Inquiry’s closing submissions. Final report due November 6.

Source: AAP 

 

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