King Charles and Camilla return to Highgrove to pause from public duties

The King is to have a private day of reflection after a momentous period that saw him become monarch.

Charles, 73, and his wife Camilla, 75, has returned to his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire and is not expected to attend any public events on Thursday 15 September.

In the detailed planning for the aftermath of the Queen’s death – known as “London Bridge” – a day was set aside at this point for the new monarch to have some time away from public duties.

The period will allow the King to pause, but it is understood he will be working in preparation for his new role and will already be receiving his red boxes of state papers.

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The new monarch led the Royal Family in a public display of homage to the late Queen by walking behind her coffin with his siblings, sons and other relatives as it was carried into Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state until the state funeral on Monday 19 September.

As he marched alongside his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward wearing his ceremonial uniform, he also sported a sentimental gift presented to him by The Queen in 2012.

The King stood tall during the historic occasion as he wore his Field Marshal Baton with pride as he attended the service for Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in the Palace of Westminster.

Other important valuables adorned his attire such as the Order of Merit, and the decoration on his neck, with the Order of the Garter.

It seems the new King pulled out all the stops as he also sported the Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand), Coronation Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Platinum Jubilee Medal and several others.

Yet despite his glorious collection, the sadness felt by the nation and the rest of the world is almost too heavy to bear as he looked teary-eyed.

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Watched by tens of thousands lining the route from Buckingham Palace, the King delivered his mother to the hands of the nation for a period of four days.

Every day of the year, except Christmas Day, he will receive from government ministers – and from representatives in Commonwealth and foreign countries – information in the form of policy papers, cabinet documents and Foreign Office telegrams.

The correspondence also includes a daily summary of events in Parliament, letters and other state papers which are sent by his private secretary in the red boxes also used by Government ministers to carry confidential documents.

All of the papers have to be read and, where necessary, approved and signed.

The red boxes are made by leather goods company Barrow and Gale but it is not known if Charles has received a new set or is using the Queen’s boxes for the time being.

The late Queen still used the boxes that were made for her on her coronation in 1953, having had them refurbished over the years.


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