THE Queen will host a party for her family at Balmoral for the first time since the pandemic — but will miss “Master of the BBQ” Philip.
The 95-year-old monarch is said to have found last summer “tiresome” under Covid-19 restrictions, which lift in Scotland tomorrow.
A Balmoral source said: “The Queen just wants to crack on. She is itching to get back to normal like everyone else.
“The family barbecues are back on the agenda even without Philip there for the first time.”
Princes Andrew and Edward are expected to lead the gathering four months after their dad died.
Other likely visitors include pregnant Princess Beatrice and sister Eugenie, with William and Kate bringing their three children later this month.
Mike and Zara Tindall are also expected to come and stay.
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The whole of Scotland moved to level zero on 19 July, as coronavirus restrictions were eased across the UK.
Under current rules, up to eight adults from four households can meet indoors at home, and up to 10 can meet in a pub or a restaurant – without needing to book ahead.
Up to 15 adults from 15 households can meet outdoors.