As she approaches her 70th year on the throne, the Queen wants to spend “much more” time at his favorite Highland home.
Craigowan Lodge, on the Balmoral estate, is surrounded by a ring of steel.
According to royal watchers, it is one of the 95-year-old monarch’s favorite residences.
A £20,000 lift was installed in the cottage ahead of his ambitions to spend more time in the Scottish Highland home.
Craigowan Lodge will also receive a new security gate, a state-of-the-art intercom system and a series of CCTV cameras.
The ‘wheelchair friendly’ Lifton Trio lift is the largest in its range – and comes after sources confirmed the monarch was struggling to get around.
She was unable to walk her beloved corgis due to her need for a walking stick.
The lift can carry three adults or one passenger in a wheelchair, meaning the 95-year-old Queen will no longer have to use the stairs to get to her bedroom.
She visits Craigowan Lodge, which is located on the Balmoral Estate, twice a year, once in April and once in the summer.
Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire is just a mile from the rustic seven-bedroom stone cottage. In 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana honeymooned at the charming retreat.
A Balmoral insider said: ‘For many years we thought this would be the perfect place for the Queen to spend more time when she is older. It’s one of his favorite places in the country.
“With the proper elevator and now this new security, it can actually be sealed off so she can spend a lot more time there quietly in her late 90s.”
Plans have been lodged with the local council for the new security measures to prevent vehicles or tourists from approaching the chalet – which is currently empty for most of the year.
The security gate, intercom and road cameras are expected to be approved this summer. On the only other access road to the isolated chalet, a security barrier, a fence, a police guard post and a CCTV system are already in place.
“Craigowan is one of the Queen’s favorite homes,” said Majesty Magazine editor Ingrid Seward. She is enjoying her time there.
“The idea of making it easier for her so she can spend more time there in the future is a great idea.
“It’s a big, big house. Security makes it very safe.
“It makes perfect sense. It’s a home she’s always enjoyed and which gives her a bit of independence.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said of the Queen: “I don’t think we’ll see her as much as it’s clear her mobility is being tested.”
She added: ‘She loves Scotland, but I don’t think she would use it (the cottage) all year round. It’s a lovely place for the summer but it’s quite cold and dark during the winter. But it is a very favorite place for her.