Old-style iPod is spotted in the Queen’s living room at her Balmoral retreat

THE Queen can listen to her namesake band any time she likes – as this photo reveals she has an old-style iPod in her living room.

The gadget sits in a docking station beside a comfy sofa at Her Majesty’s Scottish Highlands retreat, Balmoral Castle.

The Queen greets General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor-General of Australia, in the Drawing Room at Balmoral Castle today
Behind the handshake, an iPod in a docking station sits on a side table

The monarch, 91, clearly favours traditional style as the room is lined with paintings of horses and antique wooden furniture.

But she also likes to stay up to date with technology.

The iPod could be filled with her favourite tunes, which could include marching bands, bagpipes – or 70s rockers Queen.

The inside of the Balmoral drawing room was revealed today as the sovereign holding an audience with Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne.

They were greeted by a roaring log fire in the grand marble hearth, with a French-style gold clock and decorative lamps on the mantelpiece.

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Sir Peter and his wife Lynne were greeted by a roaring log fire on a visit to the monarch’s Scottish retreat
Balmoral Castle in the Highlands is said to be the Queen’s favourite home

It was a warmer reception that Canada’s Governor-General got yesterday in the library where instead of a real fire there was a £20 convector heater.

The revealing photos showed the library has barely changed in 40 years with the same furniture and books as in another pic from 1977.

A Sky TV box and flat screen telly are the only nods to the 21st century in the traditional decor.

The frugal monarch was even revealed to have re-used the fabric from her old sofa as cushions on a three-piece suite reupholstered in simple green.

The sofa and chairs are in the same skirted style and very similar fabric to the sofas in the drawing room, which has matching green curtains and carpet.


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