Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves Balmoral
King Charles and Queen Camilla will not follow Queen Elizabeth II’s tradition of staying at Balmoral Castle this summer.
The late Monarch famously spent the summer months at what was thought to be her favourite royal residence before the castle gained a more sombre significance as the location of her death in September.
While the new King and Queen will make the trip north, they have reportedly chosen Birkhall as their base, the Daily Mail reports.
Birkhall is a smaller private residence on the Balmoral estate inherited by Charles after the death of the Queen Mother.
It means Balmoral will be without a monarch in residence for the first time since the 19th century.
Former royal butler Grant Harrold expects the King to divide his time between Balmoral and his home as it will be an “emotional” visit.
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This summer marks the first summer holiday for the Royal Family without Queen Elizabeth.
Last September members of the Royal Family, including Charles and Camilla, rushed to be by the Queen’s side after news broke that she was under medical supervision.
He told Spin Genie: “The kind of character Charles is, he’ll go up there like all of us who have been in a similar situation, and he’ll put on a brave face and carry on.
“He’s also very close to the staff up there. They’ve always got on very well with the family. A lot of them will be deeply missing the Queen.”
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Royal editor Rebecca Engish said the King has “poured his heart and soul” into Birkhall to make it somewhere they “can truly call home”.
Charles and Camilla are understood to still be using Balmoral for official visits and it will likely house fellow members of the Royal Family coming to join the King and Queen throughout their stay.
Guests are likely to include the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children.
Absent from the holiday will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who have reportedly declined an “open invitation” to join the family.
Prince Harry and Meghan have not attended a holiday at Balmoral since 2018.
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