Official documents dating back to 1993 reveal the UK Armed Forces created a no-fly zone close to the late Queen Mother’s holiday home in Scotland, so she could enjoy her afternoon naps in peace.
According to The Times, Her Majesty had complained about the noise from low-flying jets near the Castle of Mey in Caithness.
Military chiefs agreed to the change of plans in 1993, and a letter from the Ministry of Defence reportedly 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."
HM The Queen Mother would routinely spend three weeks at the castle, it is understood, and would often have a nap around midday.
The Castle of Mey was owned by the Queen Mother and the Queen from 1952 until 1996, before becoming a historic building available for public visits. It has since become a tourist attraction following the Queen Mother’s death in 2002.