The Royal Family is due to visit Scotland for the first time for a summer Balmoral holiday since Queen Elizabeth II died last year.
Almost a year after the death of his mother, King Charles, and Queen Camilla are looking forward to spending their first summer together at the Scottish castle.
The pair will be accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The family’s first full year without the late monarch will begin on September 8, which will undoubtedly be a bittersweet time for them all.
Already at Balmoral, the royal couple was seen attending a church service at Crathie Kirk last Sunday, with the rest of the family expected to follow suit later this week.
The King and Queen are thought to be staying in Birkhall, with the rest of the royal family expected to join them in the coming days, as is customary during the royal summer vacation traditions.
Today, August 16, is the last day for the public to view the grounds, following the monarch’s decision to prolong the summer hours.
This means that the Royal Family’s summer plans will most likely begin very soon.
The late Queen Elizabeth II, who also followed the practice of spending the summer in Balmoral, usually came in early August each year.
Princess Eugenie, the late Queen’s granddaughter, previously spoke up about her summer at Balmoral with her beloved grandmother.
Eugenie stated in the 2016 ITV documentary ‘Our Queen at Ninety’: “It’s the most beautiful place on earth.”
Eugenie, Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter, commented on the Queen’s fondness for the property, saying, “I think Granny is the most happy here, I think she really, really loves the Highlands… walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs!”
She added: “And people coming in and out all the time. Family-wise we’re all there, so it’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa to be – for us to come and see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run.”
On the first anniversary of the late Queen’s death, the Prince and Princess of Wales will lead tributes to her.
The late monarch usually resided at Balmoral until October, so the family will commemorate the occasion in the same location where she died.
Former royal butler Grant Harrold, speaking on behalf of Spin Genie, stated that the King will have “mixed emotions” on his visit to Balmoral.
The King is thought to be marking the anniversary privately, with no public events or private family meetings planned.