The Queen has set off for Balmoral Castle in her first traditional summer break since Prince Philip died in April.

The monarch has travelled to her much-loved summer residence in Scotland.

She has holidayed on her private estate in Windsor since the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The start of the Queen's stay in Scotland is traditionally marked by a guard of honour which turns out at Balmoral Castle a few days after she arrives.

But the work still continues for the head of state, who travelled to Scotland from her Windsor Castle home, the Mirror reports.

It'll be her first summer break in Balmoral without her husband of 73 years
It'll be her first summer break in Balmoral without her husband of 73 years

Prince Philip died aged 99 on April 9, and his funeral was held a week later at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

He had stood by the Queen's side as her consort for 73 years.

A picture released following Philip's death April showed the Queen and her late husband surrounded by their great grandchildren at their Scottish home.

The Queen and Prince Philip pose in Windsor Castle ahead of his 99th birthday
The Queen and Prince Philip pose in Windsor Castle ahead of his 99th birthday

Scotland has been a welcome place of sanctuary for the royal family since Queen Victoria's day, where they relax and enjoy country pursuits in the stunning setting of the Scottish highlands.

And the Queen is unlikely to be alone for very long as members of her family are invited to spend time with her at Balmoral every summer.

Every day of every year, wherever she is, the monarch receives from Government ministers, and from her representatives in the Commonwealth and foreign countries, information in the form of policy papers, Cabinet documents, and other State papers.

View of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire
View of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire

These are sent up to her by private secretaries in the red boxes also used by Government ministers to carry important and confidential documents.

A resurfaced clip shows Prince William being "told off" by the Queen at a royal engagement during the celebration of his grandmother's birthday.

The Duke of Cambridge attended the traditional Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace along with his wife Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and other members of the Royal Family in 2016.

A photo taken in 1960 of the Royal Family playing with Prince Andrew in Balmoral
A photo taken in 1960 of the Royal Family playing with Prince Andrew in Balmoral

In the video shared by TikTok account @brittoker on Wednesday (July 21), William, who wears a ceremonial uniform for the Irish Guards, gets down on one knee next to little George.

He points at the sky trying to get George's attention to look up at the fly-past.

When William turns around to talk to Kate and his brother Prince Harry, Her Majesty subtly touches his arm and appears to gesture to him to "stand up".

The Queen, Prince Phillip and their three sons in Balmoral in 1975
The Queen, Prince Phillip and their three sons in Balmoral in 1975

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The Duke takes his grandmother's advice and stands up, commenting on the RAF planes' synchronised moves above Buckingham Palace.

The caption wrote: "Never too old for a telling off from your grandma."

"Queen says stand up, you stand up," one laughed.