No One Tells Queen Elizabeth “No”
Showing that she’s still in charge even in isolation, it has been announced that 93-year old Queen Elizabeth has won a battle against environmentalists who tried to keep her from building a hydroelectric turbine on her 50,000-acre Balmoral estate in Scotland.
After the monarch announced her plans to build a two-megawatt generator along the River Muick, environmentalists were quick to step up and try to thwart her wishes even though it is estimated that the turbine will generate up to £650,000 of power annually, enough to power the estate, with a possible surplus to be sold to the National Grid. It was argued the turbine would disturb woodland creatures
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In part, protesters believed that the turbine noise would disrupt the lives and routines of nearby woodland creatures. Specifically, Aberdeenshire Council Environmental Team spokesperson Louise Cunningham stated, “Typically, hydropower turbines can emit significant amounts of noise. The noise information currently provided in the Environmental Statement offers no measurements of the current background noise nor any site specific predictions.”
In response, Richard Gledson, on behalf of Balmoral Estates, replied, “Balmoral Estates has already developed a hydro scheme on the Gelder Burn, which was commissioned in 2014. Following on the success of this project, and with a view to increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of Balmoral Estates, a study was carried out in 2013 into the potential for additional hydro generation.” Turbines have been on the estate for over 100 years
In the end the Queen won the day, and these turbines will be the fourth and fifth installed on the estate. Back in 1898 the first turbine was installed for Queen Victoria, so this source of energy is neither novel nor without historical precedent.
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The ruling comes at a time when Queen Elizabeth is ensconced at Windsor Castle for an indefinite amount of time. Her relocation from Buckingham Palace was deemed necessary in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Round Tower at Windsor Castle turned blue tonight, as we joined the nation to mark our appreciation for all of the UK’s key workers. 👏🏼🇬🇧#clapforcarers #thankfulthursday pic.twitter.com/NV712x3vqR
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 2, 2020
By all reports the Queen is healthy and her move was done out of an abundance of caution on the advice of medical experts and the UK government. The same cannot be said for Prince Charles, who just came out of a quarantine period after having contracted the virus. Also, a royal aide at Buckingham Palace reportedly has contracted the virus, apparently while Queen Elizabeth was still in residence.
The Queen will turn 94 on April 21. Normally the Trooping of the Colour, an event which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years, is staged to celebrate her birthday, but this year the event has been called off in light of the global pandemic.