While we sweat the heat away in our cramped apartments, Queen Elizabeth soends her sumemrs rela at Balmoral Castle (AKA the Queen's favorite home) in the west Highlands of Scotland. This year, though, she's making it "" to invite Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie to celebrate what will be Meghan's 38th birthday on August 4.
While they visit, the Sussexes will have their own wing in the castle for the duration of their stay and will also be the guests of honor at an afternoon tea with the Queen, reports. The UK news outlet also shares that such an invitation, which is Meghan's first invitation to visit Balmoral, is particularly thoughtful because it will be for the Duchess of Sussex's birthday.
A source told the outlet that this sort of invitation "is a testament to Meghan." Given that the Queen and Prince Philip both reportedly adore Harry, Meghan, and Archie, it may not come as much of a surprise to some, though it's "a huge honor" nonetheless.
Unlike the Royal Palaces, which belong to the Crown, Balmoral Castle is actually one of two personal and private residences owned by the Royal Family themselves and it has been in the family since the mid-1800s, according to .
To make things more exciting, Balmoral Castle is actually open to the public between April and July each year. This year, you can visit through July 31 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. While there, you can walk the grounds and see the gardens, take a safari tour, visit the Castle Ballroom, Carriage Hall Courtyard, and Estate Exhibition, and, of course, pretend you, too, are there at special invitation of Her Majesty.
Full Day Balmoral Castle Tour from Aberdeen, tripadvisor.com
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