Queen Mother demanded no-fly zone over castle so she could enjoy afternoon nap

The Queen Mother asked the RAF to impose a no-fly zone over the Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland, so she could enjoy an afternoon nap after her first drink of the day

The Queen Mother in front of the Castle of Mey
The Queen Mother in front of the Castle of Mey

The Queen Mother asked the RAF to impose a no fly zone near her Highland retreat so she could have an afternoon nap.

She had complained about the noise from low flying jets buzzing around the Castle of Mey in Caithness.

And in 1993 military chiefs agreed to ban flights when the Queen Mum was staying at the 16th century castle near John o’Groats, which she bought as a holiday home for £100 in 1952.

A letter from the MOD said: “While we can give no guarantee that aircraft are not seen in the vicinity, this should ensure that Her Majesty is not disturbed.”

It added. “Similar arrangements can be made for future periods when the Queen Mother is in residence. I understand that this is usually during the month of August.”

The castle was gifted to the public in 1996


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The Queen Mother was known to enjoy an afternoon snooze at the castle, which since her death in 2002 has become a tourist attraction.

She would have a nap at around midday after her first tipple of the day, which comprised of a mix of gin and fortified wine, The Times reports.

Every August the Queen Mother would spend three weeks at the castle.

The building was owned by her and her daughter the Queen from 1952 until 1996, when it was handed to the public as a historic building.

She originally bought the castle for just £100 and described it as her ‘little castle by the sea’.

The royal would have a nap after her first drink of the day


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The royal would rent a TV and a video recorder every time she visited the property, even though she had an estimated £70million fortune.

Staff were reportedly told to record horse races and ensure she could watch her favourite shows, including Fawlty Towers and Yes Minister.

The castle is closed to the public for part of the year, with Prince Charles still using the property as a holiday home.

The castle recently hit the headlines in a cash-for-honours scandal involving Charles’ former valet Michael Fawcett.

It is claimed Mr Fawcett helped arrange a CBE for businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.

The Sunday Times said Mr Mahfouz donated £1.5million to restoration projects close to Charles’ heart, including the Castle of Mey.

Mr Mahfouz denied any wrongdoing and Mr Fawcett quit as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation after the scandal broke.

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