The King and Queen Consort smiled at well-wishers lining their route to Crathie Church in Balmoral this morning as the couple attended Sunday service.
Travelling in their Rolls Royce, King Charles, 73, smiled and waved at those gathered as he made his way through the roads close to the Balmoral estate.
It is the first time the King and Queen Consort have attended church since the seven-day period of private mourning ended for the Queen on September 26th.
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The King, 73, waved at those who’d gathered close to Crathie Church in Balmoral on Sunday morning as Camilla, Queen Consort looked on
Sunshine: Charles attended the service alongside Camilla, Queen Consort, 75, as the couple spend time north of the border following the end of the period of private mourning for the Queen
Wearing a tweed jacket with a green and red tie, the King looked relaxed as he was driven through the Scottish streets on a bright autumnal day
Charles is not currently using Balmoral as his main Scottish residence, preferring neighboring Birkhall on the estate
Later, returning from the church service, Camilla smiled and waved at onlookers – wearing a striking red beret with a feather embellishment
The Queen Consort wore a navy coat with tartan collar teamed with pearl earrings and a matching necklace
Wearing a tweed jacket with a green and red tie, the King looked relaxed as he was driven through the Scottish streets on a bright autumnal day.
By his side, the Queen Consort wore a navy coat with tartan collar and a feathered red beret hat, teamed with pearl earrings and a matching necklace.
Charles is not currently using Balmoral as his main Scottish residence, preferring neighboring Birkhall on the estate, which he inherited following the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother.
It was revealed yesterday that the King is hoping to turn Balmoral into a public memorial to the Queen by opening it up further to visitors for more of the year.
The Scottish home, where the Queen spent her final days before her death on September 8, will feature exhibitions with a permanent space to honour the late monarch’s legacy.
In fact, under the new plans, King Charles would even allow members of the public to visit while he is staying there, the Telegraph reports.
The King and Queen, who ended their period of private mourning for the late Queen on September 26th, appeared relaxed as they came away from the traditional church service
Charles wore an autumnal spring of pretty white flowers on the lapel of his tweed jacket and matching waistcoat for the excursion
The royals are expected to continue this tradition of venturing to the Aberdeenshire estate during summer at which point Balmoral would temporarily close to the public
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It was revealed yesterday that King Charles is hoping to turn Balmoral into a public memorial to the Queen by opening it up further to visitors for more of the year
Well-wishers gather close to Balmoral to catch a glimpse of the King and Queen Consort as they’re driven to Crathie Church
A motorcade of three cars escorted the King and Queen Consort to church from their Birkhall residence on Sunday morning
The royals are expected to continue this tradition of venturing to the Aberdeenshire estate during summer at which point Balmoral would temporarily close to the public.
In recent years, the beautiful estate – thought to be the Queen’s favorite residence – has only been open from April to July.
But it will be open to the public from October to December with no fees and no guided tours to the castle itself ‘as a mark of respect’ to Her Majesty.
A spokesman said: ‘Visitors will be able to visit the grounds and gardens, where they can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this special place and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.’
The King has previously enjoyed welcoming visitors to private homes and hopes to emulate the success of Dumfries House, in Scotland, where he is often found working above the front door while tourists explore.
King Charles is hoping to turn Balmoral into a public memorial to the Queen by opening it up to more visitors for more of the year. Her Majesty spent her final summer at the Scottish residence, where her last official picture was taken before she met with incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss
The King prefers the neighboring Birkhall to Balmoral, which he inherited following the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother. He and the Queen Consort Camilla also spent their honeymoon here. Pictured: The King and Queen Consort pictured in the Birkhall gardens last year
Dumfries – a stunning 18th century house set over 2,000 acres – has been owned by the Prince’s Foundation since 2007.
The King is also known to spend a lot of time at Highgrove, Gloucestershire where again members of the public can look around the gardens while he is there.
However, Camilla is said to be less attached to the Gloucestershire home. According to her biographer Penny Junor, she would ‘not be sad to see Highgrove go . . . It is Diana’s house. It is not hers.’
Sources have said that ‘legacy and celebrating the Queen’ will be one of the King’s key principles as he searches for the best way to use his private homes and royal residences that both belonged to him already and that he inherited following his mother’s passing.