Ahead of the Royal Family's annual summer return to Balmoral Castle, there is one particularly special tradition which was started by the late Queen for the younger members of her family that will hopefully continue.
Queen Elizabeth's excitement for any family visitors never wavered throughout her entire life and she would regularly welcome her guests to stay with her at the likes of Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House.
The Princess of Wales previously revealed one sentimental tradition that the late monarch started as it's a perfect example of the way she "showed her love" for her family.
Speaking on ITV documentary ‘Our Queen at 90’ in 2016 the Princess of Wales said: “[The Queen] always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.”
Kate went on to discuss how the Queen was particularly enamoured with Princess Charlotte, eight. She explained: “The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl.
“I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here. I think she’s very fond of Charlotte. She’s always watching what she’s up to.”
But this wasn't Kate's only sweet revelation about the Queen from the ITV interview. The Princess also spoke candidly about her nerves of what to get the monarch for Christmas during her first year with the Royal Family.
She explained: "I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present.
“I was thinking, 'Gosh, what should I give her?' I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents.
"And I thought, 'I'll make her something,' which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny's recipe for chutney.
"I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table.
“I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I've noticed since she's done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody."
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