Queen Elizabeth II reportedly loves doing household chores in Balmoral.

The Queen is surrounded by staff who does everything she wants. She can order them to do anything for her, but this reportedly changes when Her Majesty is in Balmoral. According to royal author Juliet Rieden, when the Queen is in Scotland, she loves to do the “washing up.”

“This is where she loves to be, this is holiday time for the Queen. She always said this is where she feels most herself and feels most free,” Rieden told Nine News. “When they are out having their barbecues, which they love to do out in the grounds of Balmoral – it’s a massive estate, the most beautiful grounds – where they literally set up a barbecue. And afterward the Queen does the washing up.”

Queen Elizabeth II usually spends her holidays in Balmoral. Princess Eugenie also confirmed that the monarch is happiest when she’s there.

Prince Andrew and Ferguson’s daughter said that Queen Elizabeth II is “the most happy there.” She added that her typical time at the Craigowan Lodge includes “walks, picnics and a lot of dogs.”

Aside from enjoying a relaxing experience during her downtime in Balmoral, royal biographer Ingrid Seward revealed that the Queen also loves the “good gossip” about the staff.

Queen Elizabeth II spends her annual three-month vacation in Balmoral during summer. When she’s in Scotland, the Queen brings an entourage of maids, footmen, butlers, pages and chefs. She told them that Balmoral has to be run as “informally as is regally possible.”

Many of the Queen’s household staff are reportedly homosexuals and she has a tolerant view about their sexual orientations. When the other royals who usually accompany the Queen leave, she allows her staff to do whatever they want. They could swim, take long walks and hold barbecues on their own.

They also had their own social club where they danced and partied regularly. The staff also “enjoy their holiday flings, of different kinds, each according to his or her taste, and much to the Queen’s fascination.”

“She does not express disapproval but instead takes a lively interest in the romantics comings and goings of her staff,” Seward said.

“A good gossip is a wonderful tonic,” the Queen once said to herself.

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Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on Nov. 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson