COUNTRYFILE viewers were unanimous in their praise of tonight’s tribute to the Queen and the late monarch’s Balmoral estate.

The episode, which was made in 2018, gave viewers an insight into the grounds of the royal family’s Scottish retreat.

Countryfile paid tribute to the Queen with a special programme about Balmoral tonight

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Countryfile paid tribute to the Queen with a special programme about Balmoral tonightCredit: AFP
Balmoral was often referred to as the Queen's favourite home

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Balmoral was often referred to as the Queen’s favourite homeCredit: Getty

Its airing comes three days after Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully inside the grand property aged 96.

Viewers voiced their appreciation for the poignant episode, with one writing on Twitter: “Countryfile Balmoral estate was fabulous.”

Another posted: “Don’t often tune into #Countryfile Glad I have tonight. Simply stunning!”

A third said: “What a wonderful Countryfile tribute tonight. Balmoral and the surrounding area looks stunning.”

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While another wrote: “Wonderful programme about Queen Elizabeth and beautiful Scotland. Could have watched it for hours.”

Balmoral Castle is a large estate house in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, near the village of Crathie.

The estate and castle are privately owned by the royal family and are not the property of the Crown.

Every summer, the monarch visits the Balmoral estate for a break.

The royal residence has often been described as “the most beautiful place on Earth” and was often referred to as the Queen’s favourite home.

The Queen was often seen riding horses or driving her beloved Range Rover over the estate’s rugged terrain.

UK Times’s royal photographer Arthur Edwards remembered asking the Queen about the estate while on a tour of India.

He asked: “Why do you always go to Balmoral? Wouldn’t you like to go somewhere else?” 

The Queen replied: “Where else could I go?” Arthur then said: “You’re the Queen, you can go anywhere in the world.”

He recalled her smiling at him and saying: “But I quite like it there.”





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