Messy campers left The Queen's Balmoral estate littered with lager cans, bottles and a tent and campfire over the weekend, angering rangers.

Eight empty Carlsberg cans and a bottle of MD 20/20 wine, as well as crisp packets and more were discarded in the grounds of the 50,000 acre estate where HM takes her summer holidays.

The fully erect tent suggested the wild campers left in a hurry after what looked like a heavy night of drinking and nibbles - but the resultant scene has led to site managers urging some consideration.

A post on Balmoral Castle's Twitter page - accompanied by photos - said: "Please leave no trace when wild camping on the estate. Not like this group.

Wild campers left behind lager cans and wine bottles

"This mess was cleared up by the Balmoral Rangers."

One follower said: "They left the whole tent? How are people so insanely wasteful?"

Another added: "Awful... they even left the tent that they brought with them!!"

Furious staff took to Twitter after coming across the scene
A fully erect tent was also abandoned

Rangers on the Aberdeenshire estate maintain footpaths, fences and bridges but also pick up litter.

In June, they warned visitors to stop using the royal grounds as a wild toilet.

Staff again took to social media to post pictures of toilet wipes dumped next to monuments.

The visitors had also lit a campfire

However, some followers pointed out - due to the pandemic - few public toilets were open and so such drastic action was inevitable.

Rangers have also of late had to clear up discarded face masks and pieces of sawn off firewood.

The Queen joins large portions of the extended Royal clan annually for summer holidays at the estate.

The incident led to rangers urging visitors to be more respectful

This year a 'Balmoral bubble' of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's's staff was said to have tended to them, and family were only permitted to accompany them on walks and other socially-distanced activities.

The pandemic had seen the 94-year-old monarch locked down at Windsor for months with Prince Philip, 99.

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.