Queen's Balmoral in Alert Over Killer Gas

The Queen has been urged to have her Scottish holiday home tested for cancer-causing gas after health officials warned it is in a high-risk radon zone.

Balmoral Castle is among thousands of residences being offered a free safety check after a study found it was in a hot spot for the naturally occurring gas.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the Queen’s Highland retreat was in an area in the second highest risk category for radon, which causes around 200 lung cancer deaths in Scotland every year. Council officials in Aberdeenshire have written to 3,000 addresses in Deeside, including Balmoral, schools and hospitals, offering free tests.

A spokesman for the HPA declined to say if Balmoral had accepted the offer, but added: “All addresses in radon-affected areas in Aberdeenshire which have not already had a valid measurement have been sent a letter offering a test.”

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