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Vandals have daubed graffiti on Prince Albert's stone memorial as rangers cleared the remains of a campfire and litter on the Queen's Balmoral estate

by Freda Ogrady (2020-11-10)


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Vandals have daubed graffiti on Prince Albert's stone memorial as rangers cleared the remains of a campfire and litter on the Queen's Balmoral estate.

Managers shared pictures of the mess left behind at the 55-acre site in Aberdeenshire, describing the tidy-up as a 'typical start' to the week. 

Prince Albert's cairn, shaped as a pyramid, is the largest of the 11 memorials on the estate and was built by Queen Victoria in tribute to her husband, who died in 1861. 

The vandalism follows staff posting images showing how the roots of ancient pines were chopped up for tourists to pile on still-smouldering fires at the estate, sparking fears over devastating wildfires.

Rangers at the Balmoral estate shared an image, above, showing the name 'Andy T' scrawled twice across the stone, posting that the tidy-up was a 'typical start to the week'

The remains of a fire and litter left next to Prince Albert's cairn, which is shaped as a pyramid and is the largest of the cairns on the estate, built by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband

The rangers posted on Monday: 'A typical start to the week for the Balmoral rangers.

'Clearing a campfire, graffiti and litter from near Prince Albert's cairn.' 

The tweet was accompanied by two images showing a leftover campfire and the name 'Andy T' scrawled twice across the stone.

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One social media user commented: 'Just awful!! 

'When we holidayed in the Highlands as children my parents always made sure they took all their litter home and left the picnic area as they found it. 

'Why can't these idiots do the same?'

The rangers' post on Monday.

Twitter users reacted to the post in fury, with one commenting: 'What is wrong with people?' and another writing: 'Totally beggars belief!'