King Charles III and Queen Camilla carry on one of the traditions dear to Queen Elizabeth.
The new king, 73, and the queen consort, 75, were seen on their way to church in Scotland on Sunday, heading to Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle. The royal couple were dressed in black as Queen Elizabeth’s period of royal mourning continued before officially ending the next day.
King Charles and Queen Camilla have been in Scotland for almost a week. The two headed north on September 20, the day after Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the interment service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Their trip to Crathie Kirk, the British Royal Family’s go-to church in Scotland, follows a regular outing the Queen made while at Balmoral Castle, where she died “peacefully” on September 8.
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The couple are believed to be staying at their home in Birkhall, which is on the Balmoral estate. Charles described the early 18th century house as “a unique haven of comfort and character”.
Charles and Camilla spent their summers at the residence, often getting involved in the local community. Some of their favorite activities include “fishing and walking in the Scottish countryside”, according to the website.
The king and queen consort also spent their honeymoon at the property, according to the BBC.
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On Friday, a poignant portrait of the new monarch was released, showing the King hard at work at Buckingham Palace with the famous red box of documents needing his attention on 9/11, just three days after Queen Elizabeth died.
In a scene so often associated with Queen Elizabeth, King Charles sat at a desk and witnessed the daily dispatch of documents from UK, Commonwealth and world leaders.
Behind Charles was a black and white photograph of his late parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. It was given by the couple to their father, King George VI, for Christmas in 1951 – the last holiday season before his death in February 1952.
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Although Queen Elizabeth’s period of national mourning was over in the UK, her family remained in mourning until a week after the funeral, a wish King Charles expressed shortly after her death.
Members of the Royal Household staff, related representatives and troops with ceremonial duties will also honor this period of grievances, Buckingham Palace said.