The King and Queen are currently indulging in their summer break in Scotland, immersing themselves in the tranquil beauty of the region. Last Sunday, they were spotted attending a church service at the picturesque Crathie Kirk. Charles, 74, and Camilla, 76, who are believed to be staying at Birkhall, are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their family members at Balmoral Castle in the upcoming days.
Today, as the public bids farewell to Balmoral Castle, they reflect on the delightful experience of visiting the grounds, lush gardens, and engaging exhibitions at the magnificent edifice. The King’s stay was momentarily delayed as he graciously extended the summer opening hours. In early August, the late Queen Elizabeth II would typically make her entrance at the estate, warmly welcomed by the melodious tunes of a Pipe Band.
Over the years, Balmoral Castle has played host to the late Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, making it a cherished summer haven for the entire family. Princess Eugenie, reminiscing about her time at Balmoral, shared her enchantment in a 2016 interview with ITV’s documentary “Our Queen at Ninety,” calling it the “most beautiful place on earth.” She emphasized her grandmother’s deep love for the Scottish Highlands, where they enjoyed walks, picnics, and, of course, the loving company of numerous dogs.
Continuing the tradition set by his late mother, Charles will likely be joined at Balmoral by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children. Moreover, the King’s siblings – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward – along with their respective families, are expected to partake in the summer retreat. Camilla, who is a proud grandmother, may also be accompanied by her five grandchildren from her two children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes.
A Royal Retreat for Special Guests
As customary, the King will extend his hospitality to Britain’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and his wife Akshata Murthy, who will be graced with the opportunity to experience the warmth and magnificence of the Scottish retreat for a weekend. This tradition allows for informal yet meaningful exchanges between the Royal Family and prominent political figures.
Charles and Camilla’s stay in Scotland will extend to the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on 8 September. This solemn occasion will be commemorated in private, without any public events or formal family gatherings at Balmoral. The couple will dedicate the day to personal reflection and remembrance of the late Queen’s extraordinary reign, which lasted an astounding 70 years.
A Sentimental Journey
Balmoral holds a special place in the hearts of the Royal Family, particularly for the late Queen Elizabeth II. It was at this beloved estate that she privately mourned the loss of her father, King George VI, who passed away on 6 February 1952. Through the years, Balmoral became a sanctuary where the Queen could find solace and create cherished memories with her family.
As the King and Queen savor their well-deserved break in the picturesque Scottish landscape, they join the legacy of their predecessors, fostering a tradition of family togetherness, reflection, and reconnecting with the captivating beauty of Balmoral Castle.