Queen Mothers strict demand to military chiefs when she stayed at holiday home

The Queen Mother had fighter jets banned from flying above her holiday home so she could nap in peace, it has been reported.

When staying at Castle of Mey in Caithness, at the very northern tip of Scotland, the Queen Mother's afternoon kips were being disturbed by noisy RAF aircraft.

She made a special request to military chiefs for a no-fly zone to be imposed above her 16th century castle during her annual August visit.

In 1993 the Queen Mum's request to suspend low-flying aircraft from the area was granted as the RAF took her complaint on troubled sleep seriously.

A letter from the Ministry of Defence 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 Queen Mother was known to enjoy an afternoon snooze at the castle she bought for £100 in 1952, 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.

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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 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.

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

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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