Queen offers fans rare glimpse of home life as Balmoral opens to public

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Queen Elizabeth II's Balmoral Castle residence will be open to the public showing a rare glimpse of her home life as her items will be on display.

This year, the Monarch has placed her personal vanity mirror on display at the house in Scotland.

The mirror is thought to have been acquired in 1856 after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert moved into the residence.

It has been kept in a private area of the property, after being owned by a long list of royals including Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, George V and Queen Mary, and the Queen's parents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

On this rare occasion, the gold item with two mirrored wings will be visible to royal fans, reports ExpressOnline.

It will be accompanied by several other heirlooms showcased at the Scottish home.

The "Balmoral crib" will be on display with a quilted pink cot, wooden frame and red satin curtain.

It was first used by Queen Victoria who went on to replicate the design for her home in the Isle of Wight.

The Royal Family’s dessert China will also be showcased in Scotland which dates back to 1840.

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Her Majesty’s Balmoral Castle is located in Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The Queen normally visits the property every year from August to October.

She usually starts her break at the seven-bedroom Craignwan Lodge on the estate while the castle is still open to the public.

Her Majesty then moves into the main house once it is closed for visitors.

This year, tours of the castle have opened up earlier as the Queen left Scotland to spend time at Sandringham in Norfolk.

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The Queen and Prince Philip spent six weeks isolating at the Scottish residence.

They hosted members of the Royal Family during their time at the estate.

Among their visitors were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, also visited Her Majesty in Scotland.

The Queen and Prince Philip were set to spend two weeks on the Sandringham estate before returning to Windsor Castle.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed that the Queen and Prince Philip wanted to move from Balmoral "to spend time privately on the Sandringham estate".

The spokesman added: "Subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme, Her Majesty’s intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace for selected audiences and engagements.

"These plans will be kept under review and will of course be subject to all relevant guidance and advice."

At the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the Queen and Prince Philip moved to Windsor Castle to isolate.

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