King Charles to undertake a tour of the UK - where will he go?

The royal will visit all four nations.

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Following the sad passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles is set to carry out a tour of the UK. The new monarch will visit each of the four nations on his tour, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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King Charles will begin in London, as the final preparations for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral are carried out, and then he is due to travel to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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During the visit, the royal will meet with the leaders of each nation in the UK. King Charles will kick off the tour with a visit to the Scottish parliament and a service at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

READ: Will Prince William and Duchess Kate need to move house again after the Queen's death?

Northern Ireland

On Tuesday, the king will arrive in Northern Ireland, where he will be the recipient of another motion of condolence at Hillsborough Castle. He will also attend a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

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The King is set to carry out a royal tour

The final part of the royal's trip will oversee the king travelling to Wales approximately seven days after the death of the Queen. He is to receive another motion of condolence at the Welsh parliament and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

On Monday afternoon, King Charles will lead an emotional procession behind his late mother, the Queen, as she is taken from Holyroodhouse to St.Giles' cathedral.

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The royal will visit parts of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland

Her Majesty's coffin will be under vigil for 24 hours before she makes her journey back to London to lie in state.

The King is expected to lead members of the royal family on foot behind the Queen's coffin, whilst the Queen Consort and other members of the monarchy will follow in cars.

SEE: King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla shutdown Twitter and Instagram pages

After the procession, Charles will hold audiences with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Alison Johnstone, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. Words of sympathy will be expressed by the Scottish Parliament when Charles and Camilla attend to receive a motion of condolence, with the King replying.

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King Charles (born Charles Costa on May 6, 1985) is an English alternative and indie-rock singer-songwriter, hailing from West London, England, UK.

Having learned to play the guitar, piano and cello from an early age, and being classically trained singer, Charles would regularly perform in his school’s choir. He began writing songs when he 17 having fallen in love with country music and used the guitar as a creative outlet. Following a couple of terms studying sociology at Durham University, Charles returned to his hometown of London with the pseudonym King Charles.

Shortly after, Charles formed the indie-rock band Adventure Playground who called West London’s ‘Bosun’s Locker” their home. After touring with the likes of Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale in the UK, the band split in 2008. As a result Charles launched his solo career in 2009 around the same time as winning the prestigious International Songwriting Competing in Nashville, with a voting panel consisting of Tom Waits, Kings of Leon and Timbaland amongst others.

With an appearance that’s somewhere in between 18th Century royal aristocracy and Prince, and music that lands somewhere between psychedelic rock and indie-folk, King Charles has been turning heads since his debut single “Time of Eternity” in 2010. The single earned the singer-songwriter a host of positive responses including support from online musical press and UK radio DJs including Zane Lowe and Lauren Laverne.

In late 2010 King Charles supported Mumford & Sons on their sold-out tour of the U.S. and signed an international record deal with Universal Republic in conjunction to his independent UK label Mi7 Records. King Charles released his debut album “Loveblood” in May 2012, which reached No. 26 in the UK Albums Chart. The album was supported by an extensive tour and spawned the singles “Bam Bam”, Love Lust” and “Ivory Road”.

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King Charles is an extravagantly-dreadlocked, cavalier-moustached alternative folk pop artist. The man himself describes his music as ‘glam-folk.’ The extrovert look, combined with his extreme arrogance on stage, makes for an entertaining, if not always likeable, image. Others seem to agree. King Charles is currently making a bit of a splash and is deemed the next big thing on the scene. He’s been enjoying greater media attention and a slot on the John Peel stage at this year’s Glastonbury.

I saw King Charles in last year Think Tank @ Hoults Yard in Newcastle. The warehouse location provided the ideal setting for King Charles’s indie tunes. The audience packed into the venue and was keen to get involved. The lively crowd quickly got into the swing of things, enthusiastically singing along to Mississippi Isabel’s repetitive refrain: ‘she kissed me once, I took her out for lunch, and she never kissed me again…’

As he often does when performing at larger venues, King Charles gave his music a more alt rock twist, which works when performing folk-pop hits to a less intimate audience.

King Charles is interesting and thoroughly entertaining. My advice is book tickets before he gets too big and prices shoot right up!

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The King will travel to Northern Ireland for the first time as monarch on Tuesday, September 13.

King Charles and the Queen Consort, Camilla, will fly to Belfast ahead of a number of engagements across the country.

After arriving in the city, they will travel to Hillsborough Castle in Co Down .

They will meet representatives of political parties in Northern Ireland and hold a private audience with Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris.

Among their engagements on Tuesday includes a service of reflection for the life of the Queen at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast .

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How King Charles Is Breaking With Royal Tradition in a Major Way

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K ing Charles III has piqued the interest of royal fans by offering tours of private rooms at Balmoral Castle for the first time since its completion.

The lucrative tours , taking place between July 1 and Aug. 4, set buyers back £100 ($126.34) or £150 ($189.51) for a package including afternoon tea. Highlighting the demand, tickets sold out in a single day . Sets of 40 tickets per day were first advertised on Wednesday, and by Thursday they had all gone. 

Balmoral Castle , located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is an intimate site for members of the royal family; it’s the monarch’s summer home, it’s where Prince William and Prince Harry learned of their mother’s fatal car crash in 1997, and it’s the beloved residence where Queen Elizabeth II died in 2022, after 70 years on the throne.  

Before now, tours had only offered a glimpse of the ballroom, as well as the castle grounds and gardens. But with King Charles’ permission, history buffs can expect an interior tour that spans the Victorian era to the present day. Groups of 10 people per tour will “learn about the origins of the Castle and how it has been loved by generations of the Royal family,” according to Balmoral’s ticketing page. 

The tour will still include a visit to the ballroom, where the King’s watercolor collection is on display, which depicts scenery at Balmoral, Highgrove, and Sandringham. Visitors can also explore outfits worn by the King and Queen Camilla, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Mother.

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke of Edinburgh and their children.

Balmoral is the private property of the monarch, and it is not attached to the Crown estate. The tours are scheduled to end just before the King and Queen arrive for their 2024 summer break at the residence.

The Highlands home has been a royal haven since 1852, when it was officially purchased by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, for £32,000, which equates to £3.7 million today ($4.7 million), according to the Bank of England calculator . The royal couple decided to expand the castle, believing it to be too small for their family. The works were completed sometime between 1855 and 1856, and the old building was then demolished.

As it currently stands, the estate covers 50,000 acres and consists of 150 buildings, including the King’s house at Birkhall, Craigowan Lodge. The granite castle itself reportedly has 167 rooms, with 52 bedrooms, according to the Guardian , which estimated in 2023 that the estate could be worth £80 million ($101 million).

The tour comes as Buckingham Palace also prepares to welcome visitors to its East Wing for the first time . Special guided tours will take place throughout July and August, following five years of improvement renovations.  

Like Balmoral, the East Wing carried significance for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as it was first occupied by their family after its creation between 1847 and 1849. It is now used for official meetings and events, and includes the palace’s facade and balcony, where monarchs have appeared alongside their family for historic appearances since 1851.

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King Charles III visits Wales to complete UK tour

The new monarch wraps up his tour of the UK nations in Wales, where he met some opposition to his ascent to the throne.

Britain's King Charles III meets the local community after a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth II, at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

Crowds have cheered for King Charles III in Wales despite some opposition to his ascent to the throne as the new monarch wrapped up his tour of the four nations of the United Kingdom.

A large crowd chanted “God save the king” on Friday as Charles shook hands with the public following a multi-faith service in Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathedral on what is the last of his visits to the UK’s four nations.

Charles then attended the Welsh Parliament to receive politicians’ condolences following the death on September 8 of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.

In a speech alternating between English and Welsh, he promised to follow the “selfless example” of the UK’s longest-serving monarch.

Outside his next stop at Cardiff Castle, a few protesters held up banners declaring “Abolish the monarchy”, “Citizen not subject” and “Democracy now”.

Queen’s funeral

At Westminster Abbey in London on Monday morning, the queen will be honoured with UK’s first state funeral in nearly 60 years, with more than 2,000 guests expected.

After the televised service, the coffin will be transferred by royal hearse to Windsor Castle, west of London, for a family-only burial in which the queen will be laid to rest alongside her late husband Philip, parents and sister.

US President Joe Biden, Australian leader Anthony Albanese, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have all confirmed their attendance at the funeral, as have Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and numerous other royals.

“The queen held a unique and timeless position in all our lives,” said Duke of Norfolk Edward Fitzalan-Howard, also known as the earl marshal, who is organising the funeral.

“The next few days will unite people across the globe and resonate with people of all faiths, whilst fulfilling her majesty and her family’s wishes to pay a fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign,” he told reporters.

Police are mounting the UK’s biggest-ever security operation in the run-up to the funeral, as crowds file past the queen’s coffin round the clock all weekend and global dignitaries jet in.

On Friday morning, two police officers were stabbed in central London, one suffering “life-changing” injuries, the Metropolitan Police said, but it ruled out any link to “terrorism”.

Meanwhile, an official delegation from China has been banned from attending the lying-in-state following an intervention by House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle, parliamentary sources said.

It comes after China sanctioned several British lawmakers over their criticism of the country’s human rights record.

“As the hosts, the British side should uphold both diplomatic courtesy and gracious hospitality,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning told reporters in Beijing.

Downing Street refused to comment.

The line to enter the vast Westminster Hall, where Elizabeth’s coffin has been lying in state since late Wednesday has attracted an endless stream of mourners. On Friday, the government said those at the end faced a wait of at least 14 hours.

The coffin is draped in the Royal Standard flag, with the Imperial State Crown, her ceremonial Orb and Sceptre on top, with tall, flickering candles at each corner.

The sombre atmosphere is completed with guards in ceremonial uniform posted around the podium in a constant vigil.

Mourners marked their moment in front of the coffin in various ways, from bows or curtsies to the sign of the cross or by simply removing their hats.

Some wiped away tears. Others brought infants in pushchairs. Old soldiers stopped and gave one last salute to their former commander-in-chief.

Children wait for the arrival of the King Charles III and the Queen Consort in Cardiff, Wales, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. The Royal couple will visit Wales for the first time since the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Meanwhile, in Cardiff, many had waited for hours before Charles’s visit.

“Something like this won’t happen again,” said barman Jack Grimshaw, 27, who turned out with his young son.

“The royal family has been around for so many years [but] we didn’t have a new king for so long.”

Not everyone was happy to see the new monarch in Wales. Zahra Ameri, 22, said the funeral was a “waste of money”.

“I’m hoping that Wales becomes independent. Of course, it would be a disturbance in our economy because we do rely on the UK, but I strongly believe in independence,” she said.

Britain's King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort arrive for a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth II, at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

King Charles arrives in Northern Ireland during his first UK tour as monarch days after the Queen's death

  • King Charles is currently in Northern Ireland as part of his first UK tour as monarch.
  • He is accompanied by Camilla, Queen Consort, as they attend engagements in Belfast.
  • They were in Scotland earlier this week to receive the Queen's coffin in Edinburgh.

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King Charles III has arrived in Northern Ireland as part of his first UK tour as monarch. 

The king, 73, was accompanied by Camilla, Queen Consort, as they met with Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle at Belfast City Airport on Tuesday morning.

The couple are due to undertake several engagements while in Belfast, including a visit to Hillsborough Castle, where they will meet with Gawn William Rowan Hamilton, Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, according to a Buckingham Palace press release sent to Insider.

They will then undertake a walkabout at the castle and view floral tributes for Queen Elizabeth, who died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday at the age of 96.

The king is due to have a private meeting with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, before departing for St Anne's Cathedral in the afternoon. 

At St Anne's, the couple will undertake their final engagement, a Service of Reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth. An estimated 800 guests are expected to attend the service, according to the press release.

The couple visited Scotland earlier this week. King Charles led a procession behind the Queen's coffin as it was transported from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

They attended a Service of Thanksgiving and vigil at the cathedral, where Charles and his siblings stood guard around the coffin.

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King Charles Is Opening New Doors to Royal Palaces, Including Family's Summer Retreat, to Public for First Time

Visitors will be able to tour Balmoral Castle, where Queen Elizabeth died, and new nooks of Buckingham Palace, including the room that leads out to the iconic balcony

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Balmoral Castle and Buckingham Palace are welcoming visitors in new ways.

It was revealed this week that both royal residences will welcome visitors into previously unseen spaces through ticketed tours this summer. In fact, Balmoral Castle in Scotland is opening "for the first time since the castle was completed in 1855," its website says.

Balmoral is famed as the royal family's cherished summer sanctuary in the Scottish Highlands, but it also holds sad memories for the group. Prince William  and  Prince Harry were spending time there in August 1997 when their mother, Princess Diana , tragically died in a car crash in Paris.

Queen Elizabeth , who her granddaughter  Princess Eugenie  once said was "most happy" at Balmoral, died there in 2022. Sources told PEOPLE at the time it was fitting she spend her last hours there because it was such a special place for her and her family — and now, the public can step into the castle in Aberdeenshire for themselves.

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The Castle Internal Guided Tours experience is touted as a "historical journey" through "several of the beautiful rooms," comprised of a private guide that talks visitors through its history from acquisition by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845 to a peek at how King Charles , Queen Camilla and other royal family members continue to use the space today. 

The royal family has previously permitted tours at Balmoral around the grounds and gardens, but access inside the castle was limited to the ballroom, making the Castle Internal Guided Tours the most intimate yet.

The tours are set to run from July 1 to August 4, capped at 10 people per session. The general guided excursion currently costs about $126 a person, while tickets with afternoon tea are about $189 — and are open to adults only.

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While many of the internal Balmoral Castle tours have already sold out, there’s still plenty of availability for the Balmoral General Admission, featuring a trove of artwork by King Charles plus some royal fashion. The Ballroom promises "His Majesty The King's watercolor collection depicting scenery at Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham" and a "collection of outfits worn by Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla, the late Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother."

While Buckingham Palace has been a popular stop for royal watchers since 1993 when Queen Elizabeth opened its gates as a fundraiser after a devastating fire ripped through Windsor Castle in 1992, new areas of the famous London residence will be available to tour for the first time this year.

The East Wing of Buckingham Palace, where the King filmed his Christmas broadcast in December 2023, will be toured for the first time come summer. On April 3, the Royal Collection Trust announced that the iconic palace will open the wing via the Principal Floor following five years of restorative work.

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The East Wing includes the front façade and iconic palace balcony, "where the monarch and members of the royal family have gathered for public appearances during special occasions or historic moments since 1851," including royal weddings, coronations and Trooping the Colour, the annual celebration of the monarch's birthday.

The Royal Collection Trust said that the royal family still uses the wing today for official meetings and events.

Royal watchers can save the date for East Wing Highlights Tours held daily in July and August starting July 15, booked in addition to standard admission to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.

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The palace will be open seven days a week in July and August for the first time since 2019 before scaling back to five days a week in September.

While Buckingham Palace is synonymous with the British royals and serves as the hub of the monarchy’s operations, King Charles and Queen Camilla don’t actually live there! The palace is in the middle of a $460 million renovation reportedly not due to be complete until 2027 .

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As King Charles, 75, invites the public into new nooks for the first time this summer, The Times cited royal biographer Robert Hardman’s prediction that the King would open up Balmoral during his reign.

"Balmoral is private property. However, it needs public footfall not just to help pay the bills but to bring benefits to the wider community and to remain in step with other stately homes," the outlet quoted Hardman as writing in Charles III. New King. New Court. The Inside Story 2024 , which was published under the title The Making of a King: King Charles III and the Modern Monarchy in the U.S. in January.

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King Charles is set to embark on the biggest global tour in the Royal Family ’s history to kick off his reign.

Countries that the monarch is said to be prioritising include Australia and New Zealand, alongside a number of Commonwealth realms in the Caribbean.

The tour, which is expected to last two years, is aimed at ‘extending a hand of friendship and support’ following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sources have revealed the King is ‘acutely aware’ that he has ascended to the throne at a time of political unrest across a number of Commonwealth countries as they consider ditching the monarchy altogether.

A unnamed royal source told the Mirror : ‘The King and his family are keen to hit the ground running in these crucial first few months and years of his reign.

‘He certainly wants to carry on the long-held mantra from his late mother of being seen to be believed, and is very keen to get out and meet as many people as possible.’

The Prince and Princess of Wales are also set to undertake a ‘major support role’.

Government officials in New South Wales have already revealed plans of a ‘much-anticipated’ royal tour in 2024, which will coincide with the 200th anniversary of democracy in Australia.

CAIRO, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 18: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East on November 18, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. Charles will next head to Egypt during his four-day trip to the region. (Photo by Joe Giddens - Pool/Getty Images)

It has previously been reported that Prince William and Kate were considering visiting the country in 2023.

The royals could visit as many countries as the Queen did during her 25th jubilee celebrations, when she touched down in 52 Commonwealth countries and 21 other states.

Countries in Asia, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, are also set to be visited by Charles and Camilla.

Following Brexit the Foreign Office is also keen to send the crown to build bridges with European countries such as France and Germany.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are also expected to travel to the United States next month for William’s Earthshot Prize environmental project.

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Where will King Charles go on the mourning tour?

  • Catherine Micallef
  • Published : 11:02, 9 Sep 2022
  • Updated : 11:41, 9 Sep 2022

THE QUEEN died on Thursday, September 8, 2022, as the nation entered an official mourning period for the monarch’s passing. 

King Charles - who took the title on Her Majesty's passing - will begin a special “mourning tour” of the UK.

Where will King Charles go on the mourning tour?  

After the Queen's death , the new King will address the nation on Friday, September 9, 2022

King Charles will be formally proclaimed monarch at a historic Accession Council on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

He will then depart on a tour of the United Kingdom, which will see him visit Scotland , Northern Ireland and Wales . 

King Charles will undertake a UK mourning tour after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II

Edinburgh is the first place King Charles will visit.

He is set to go to the Scottish parliament first and attend a service at St Giles' Cathedral. 

On the next day, he will visit Northern Ireland, where he will receive a motion of condolence at Hillsborough Castle and attend a service at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast . 

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The new monarch then travels to Wales, which is the last stop of the tour.

King Charles will receive a motion of condolence at the Welsh parliament and attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff .

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King Charles will return after the condolence service with the Welsh parliament.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in London 10 days after her death, 

King Charles will be joined by his wife Queen Consort Camilla , Prince William , and the rest of the Royal Family to pay their final respects at Westminster Abbey.

There will also be processions in Windsor and a two-minute national silence at midday.

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There will be a committal service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and the Queen will be buried in the castle’s King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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On U.K. tour, a question for Charles: Can he be the king of hearts?

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — Not far from the city’s ancient center, Anna Torrens and Ben Goddard, both 20, patiently stood in an hours-long line to pay last respects to their late queen. Self-described monarchists, they should be easy sells for King Charles III — who spent a day on the ground here for “Operation Spring Tide,” his inaugural tour of the United Kingdom as monarch.

But as much as they adored Queen Elizabeth II — “She was kind of a mother figure to everyone, wasn’t she,” Torrens mused. “Everyone loved the queen,” added Goddard — they see Charles in a more skeptical light.

“He’s got a lot to prove,” Goddard said, adding that much of what he knows about Charles comes from the Netflix series “The Crown.” “Looking back at my education, there wasn’t much about the monarchy. Not much on [a future] King Charles. They brushed passed that — if anything, because he’s had a very scandalous life.”

Charles, a king-in-waiting for 73 years, ascends to the throne with a central challenge: ensuring the future of the House of Windsor, with the disadvantage that he is less popular than his mother.

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Almost no one sees the death of the queen as the end of days for the British monarchy, the heads of state of these isles and the remnants of a once vast empire. But British republicans — a minority who want to abolish the monarchy — nevertheless sense an opportunity with Charles in charge.

For Charles, it raises a question that’s a twist on the words once spoken by his ex-wife, Diana.

Can he be the king of people’s hearts?

“All the polling shows the majority of English people still want to retain the monarchy,” said Brian Feeney, a political commentator in Northern Ireland, where Charles and his second wife, Camilla, breezed through on Tuesday. “To what extent that loyalty is to the queen, and whether it will be maintained by Charles, is the question.”

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Ten years ago, according to YouGov , nearly 75 percent of Britons were in favor of “continuing the monarchy,” a figure that dropped to the low 60s earlier this year. And while the queen’s personal popularity still hovered at around 81 percent before her death, support for Charles was far lower, at 54 percent.

He has appeared to gain backers in the emotional aftermath of his mother’s death. Pundits have praised him in recent days for displaying the bearing and gravitas of his kingly station. In a new YouGov survey , 63 percent of Britons said he would be “good king,” up from just 32 percent in May.

Yet 1 in 3 — or 35 percent — also say they’d like to see him retire before his death to make way for his more popular son William, compared with 25 percent who had said his mother should step down early. Fewer than half say he will do a “good job at being a unifying figure” for all parts of Britain.

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Charles has begun to set the tone for his reign, and mount something of a charm offensive, in meticulously planned stops this week in each of the “four nations” of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

He has taken the royal “walkabout” — first popularized by his mother in the 1970s — to a more tactile level, reaching out to touch people, shaking with both hands. He accepted a cheek kiss from one emotive subject on the Mall in London — a breach of royal protocol but perhaps a public relations coup. In Belfast on Tuesday, he patted children’s heads. He sought out a corgi on the rope line, who gave him a lick. He gave the sense that he didn’t want to leave.

The response from anti-monarchy groups within Britain has been muted. A handful of protesters have been arrested or threatened by British authorities — including a man who heckled Prince Andrew in Scotland on Monday — prompting criticism from some politicians, as well as human rights and free speech activists.

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Short of launching a new Twitter hashtag — #notmyking — the group Republic has limited its lobbying efforts. Spokesman Graham Smith said activities would ramp up after the late monarch’s state funeral. He said the organization had seen “thousands” of people sign up since the queen’s death.

“There’s been a big drop in popularity of the monarchy in the last few years, and that’s while the queen has been on the throne,” Smith said. “Charles is not equipped to turn that around. Where people were very reluctant to criticize the queen directly, that is not the case with Charles. We now have this completely different monarchy, reduced to fairly unimpressive men, who no longer have their heat shield — the queen.”

Though they exist everywhere, royal skeptics in the British Isles tend to be defined by two factors: generation and geography.

In a May YouGov poll, 31 percent of those between ages 18 and 24 said Britain should have an elected head of state, compared with 33 percent who backed continuation of the monarchy. In contrast, large majorities of older generations vastly preferred the current system.

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“I understand the history of [the monarchy], and I understand how important it is in society,” said Katie Ford, a 19-year-old university student in line to pay respects at Elizabeth’s coffin in Edinburgh. “But at the same time, like, it’s hard for me to say that it’s a good idea for, you know, something that costs this much money to be happening when there are so many people who are struggling.”

Polls suggest the monarchy enjoys less support in Scotland than in Britain as a whole. Scottish nationalists have said they would keep the crown in the event of independence from the United Kingdom. But some wonder whether Charles will exert the emotional grip the queen had on the Scottish people.

Elizabeth’s suggestion that Scots “think very carefully” during the 2014 independence referendum was seen by many as influencing hearts and minds to remain in the union.

“I feel like we stayed because a lot of people like the queen and felt something towards the queen,” Torrens said. “But I’m not quite sure, if they were to do another vote in a couple of years’ time, with Charles on.”

The monarchy — an institution steeped in the tea of colonialism — is even more polarizing within Northern Ireland.

“Every political scientist who looks at the north of Ireland identifies it as a political, ethnic conflict caused by colonialism,” Feeney said. “The north … is the last part of [British colonial rule in Ireland]. That is why there continues to be political, ethnic divides, with conflicting identities and allegiances. People in the north of Ireland who are not British don’t see themselves as part of the same polity.”

The reception was warm for the new king in Belfast on Tuesday. Northern Ireland Assembly speaker Alex Maskey, a Sinn Fein politician who was once jailed for his connection to the Irish Republican Army, paid tribute to Elizabeth as someone who “showed how a small but significant gesture, a visit, a handshake, crossing the street, or speaking a few words of Irish, can make a huge difference in changing attitudes and building relationships.”

The queen’s 2012 handshake with Martin McGuinness, then-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and a former IRA commander, marked a historic moment in the peace process.

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Yet while Northern Ireland’s political leaders came together to honor the late queen this week, a Brexit-related boycott by the Democratic Unionist Party has prevented the formation of a new power-sharing government since May elections. Meanwhile, Sinn Fein, now the largest party in Northern Ireland, still does not recognize the authority of the British monarchy.

Based on a changing political landscape and demographics, Charles can reasonably expect Northern Ireland’s drift from the United Kingdom and movement toward Irish unity to accelerate during his reign.

Charles also takes over at a delicate time in broader British politics — when the country is confronting its worst bout of inflation since the 1970s and energy bills have skyrocketed. He may find increased resistance to taxpayer money being used to support royal estates and activities.

Royal watchers expect him to push for a slimmed-down, somewhat modernized monarchy. Experts say that could mean fewer royals on official duties and perhaps even the opening of parts of Buckingham Palace for public events.

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It will be a fine line in a country that is known for — and seemingly revels in — exceptional pomp and circumstance and where royal enthusiasts seem to shudder at the notion of the more casual “bicycle monarchies” of continental Europe, where royals can often be found cycling rather than riding in Bentleys.

“I think that what Prince Charles has already indicated is that the monarchy will be smaller. It’s going to be more like a Scandinavian monarchy in the future, but not in a bad way — more informal,” former prime minister David Cameron told the BBC on Sunday . “He stopped as he entered Buckingham Palace and talked to people in the crowd, and that was a signal that he was sending that he wanted people to feel that he was approachable.”

Charles has gone through decades of public rehabilitation since the years of his disastrous marriage to Princess Diana. He has won praise for his charity work and his prescient warnings of species extinction and climate change. He has also benefited from a reappraisal of his adultery, gaining a measure of sympathy for apparently being pressured into marriage while in love with another woman: Camilla, now the queen consort.

But Charles is still carrying baggage. And within Britain, at the heart of some people’s reluctance toward the new king is not so much a distaste for hereditary privilege or the shadow of colonialism, but the ghost of Diana.

“I am not a fan of Camilla. I was a fan of Diana,” said Belfast bartender Pamela McMurray, 37. “Obviously, you don’t know the person personally, but you have certain loyalties, so that is where that stems from.”

Ferguson reported from Belfast.

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King Charles III's whistlestop tour is a 21st century effort to preserve a divided kingdom

Holders of the Crown always need to move quick to consolidate their power, writes Fleet Street Fox. It helps if you have a sword

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  • 13:07, 12 Sep 2022
  • Updated 13:09, 12 Sep 2022

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For a thousand years, the succession of a new monarch has depended more on speed than heredity.

In the 12th century, the Empress Matilda was cheated of her rightful throne by her cousin Stephen, when he got to London before she did. When Mary marched against the usurper Jane Grey 400 years later, she needed the support of the City, the Mint, the guilds, and the army before she was declared the winner.

A new monarch rapidly getting their paws on the levers of power still matters today, which is why King Charles III is undertaking Operation Spring Tide, as he pinballs around Britain and Northern Ireland accepting oaths, signing declarations, and affirming the union of home nations where a sizeable chunk of people have wanted rid of his family for centuries.

In years gone by, the consolidation of that power came at the point of a sword. A new monarch often needed a quick and convincing war to ensure he had a good grip on the throne, and that meant picking a fight with the Picts, waging war on the Welsh, and decorating London Bridge with a few fresh heads in a warning to any rebels.

Today it's being undertaken by a jet of the Royal Flight, and modern manners means that representatives of Sinn Fein, Plaid Cymru, and the Scottish National Party are lining up to kowtow to the scion of a system their supporters want shot of, in places where Robert the Bruce, Owain Glyndwr, and Ruaidrí, King of Connacht, are still considered to have better claims.

The man has lost his mother, and the nation its grandmother. They have, quite rightly, decided there's a time and a place for Republicanism, and it's not before a Royal funeral.

But these niceties mean the new king has a fortnight to get his feet under the table in Holyrood, Hillsborough, and Cardiff. And if he has any sense, he'll follow it up with a lightning-quick tour of the Commonwealth, when it still won't be the right time for presidents and prime ministers to tell him they want no part of it.

But there's a big headache coming with all of this, from dozens of nations whose leaders have made it clear they'll make no move for freedom during the Queen's life, but see little point in hanging around for her son.

A tour from a highly-visible little old lady would have been a winner; one with a beautiful princess is also always popular. But those starring gloomy grandad Charles have always been less of a draw, at home and abroad. He doesn't get the crowds, or the headlines, and his state visits have always been diplomatically slotted in between those of more popular Royals.

In recent years his more-handsome sons and their wives have been sent out to shore up support in the dominions. But now half the Fab Four have decamped to California in a huff, and the remainder made an absolute hash of their last trip.

Some may think that reminding republican elements worldwide that Wills and Kate are coming up the track is the best thing he can do to preserve the future of the monarchy - but few kings win a nation's support by pointing out there'll be another one along soon.

Times have changed, of course. He's not winning loyalty with violence, and whatever happens there's no danger of losing the kingship of Scotland or Wales, even if they diverge politically.

Nor is he, for any of his much-catalogued failings, unpopular on the scale of murderous King John, massacre-friendly Edward Longshanks, or peasant-hater Richard II. He is a philanthropist who turned the Duchy of Cornwall into a billion-pound industry, a thinker and doer, and his kingship could be a much-needed period of increased Royal activism.

But he is disabled by one simple thing, which is that he is not his mother. A Queen can put on a bright hat, wear different colours, be draped in jewels. A King once used to do the same, but these days he's just a bloke in a suit. He seems more boring in an age that seeks constant stimulation, and this one won't be able to gain favour by winning the Hundred Years' War.

A constitutional crown is protected from public hate by not being responsible for policy ,but the last monarch won love with her long service, and Charles won't be able to claim that, either.

He, and we, know that we'll be doing this all over again in another 10 years or so. What we do not know is whether he can convince his people to stick with him, in an age where everyone's a consumer and content creator, and thinks public life can be curated, like an Instagram feed, so the prettiest people are at the top.

I suspect he knows that, and is prepared to try, whether it's in TikToks or time-honoured tradition. The only question is whether we'll ever realise how lucky we are to have someone prepared to do all this at the age of 73, instead of retiring to a farm.

He's trying to preserve a kingdom, at home and abroad, in order that he can hand it on. But what he's consolidating is not ownership, these days - it is a way of life that protects us from dictators, gives us certainty that those nations which dunked their Royals now lack, and an absolute guarantee that, whoever wins an election by however much, there is always someone to whom the holders of our highest elected office must still bend the knee.

Enforcing humility on the egos in Downing Street is a priceless public service that other nations envy: our crowning constitutional glory. That's what he's shoring up. And I hope he knows what he's doing, because it seems that some of his people don't.

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Tea and a tour of Balmoral Castle? That will set you back £150

For the first time visitors will be able to see areas of the Scottish castle used by Charles and Camilla – if they have deep pockets

Parts of Balmoral Castle used by the royal family will open to the public for the first time – for those who have deep pockets.

For £100 for an adult ticket – and an extra £50 for those wishing to partake of afternoon tea – guided summer tours of the castle in Aberdeenshire are being offered, limited to 40 people a day and in groups restricted to 10 people.

It is the first time since the castle’s completion in 1855 that visitors will be shown two dining rooms, the drawing room, the page’s lobby and the red corridor, where King Charles greeted Rishi Sunak.

The tour also includes access to the ballroom with a collection of Charles’s watercolour collection depicting scenery at Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham as well as a selection of outfits worn by Charles, Camilla, the late queen and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Previous tours, which will continue, have been of the grounds and gardens with access to the castle itself limited to the ballroom.

The tours, from 1 July until 4 August, before the king and queen arrive for their annual break, are being run for a trial period so estate staff can judge how the fragile building copes with increased footfall.

The £150 a head price tag for tour and high tea makes it the most expensive royal residence for visitors wanting the exclusive experience.

Buckingham Palace, which has long been open to the public during the summer months, charges £95 for an exclusive guided tour away from the crowds, though general summer admission with the masses costs between £32 and £35. Afternoon tea is not included, but at the nearby Ritz, the “afternoon tea experience” costs from £64.

St James’s Palace, which started guided tours in 2022 limited to 30 people, costs £80 for an adult. At the cheaper end of royal residence visits, Windsor Castle offers general adult admission at £30 in advance, while Sandringham House in Norfolk costs £24 and the Castle of Mey, the queen’s mother’s former Scottish home, is £14.50.

The Balmoral Castle website said experienced guides on the interior tour “will take you on a historical journey through several of the beautiful rooms within Balmoral Castle”.

It adds: “Travel through time from the purchase of the Balmoral by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, through to present day, where you can see how rooms within the castle are used today.”

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Sky News understands Buckingham Palace is planning a return to a more active schedule as a working royal, in what could be a further sign that the monarch's cancer treatment is going well.

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Buckingham Palace is planning for King Charles to potentially attend engagements involving more people from the end of the month, Sky News understands.

It could be viewed as another important indication that he is doing well with his cancer treatment after he was seen shaking hands with crowds at Easter .

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Since announcing his diagnosis in February he has been advised by doctors not to carry out public-facing engagements.

But it's understood that officials, as part of normal forward planning, are now factoring in the possibility of the King meeting slightly larger groups of people from the end of April, into May.

It comes as the King welcomed the Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey to Buckingham Palace, who presented him with the first bank notes featuring his portrait as monarch.

King Charles is presented with the first bank notes featuring his portrait from the Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and Sarah John. Pic: PA

It is traditional that the sovereign receives the first serial numbered notes of a print run of banknotes (effectively serial number 01). The Bank has now produced £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes.

The image of the King which appears on the notes is based on a portrait that was provided by the Palace to the Bank of England.

This was then turned into an engraving, and designers worked from this to create the image on the notes.

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The notes will enter circulation on the 5 June, but the Royal Household has insisted this should only happen gradually.

The new notes will only replace worn or damaged Queen Elizabeth II notes to minimise the financial and environmental impact of this change.

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The fact that the palace is continuing to plan ahead for the King's future engagements is nothing new, and there is obviously the caveat that things may have to change depending on his health.

Reports last week that the monarch still wants to push ahead with a trip to Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year to coincide with the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Samoa is one example; the palace insists nothing has changed and that this has always been a possibility, depending on how he is.

Suggestions he may be well enough to start meeting larger groups is in no way confirmation of whether he will be able to attend any of the large traditional royal events this summer, such as Trooping the Colour, but it will be viewed by many as a positive sign about his health.

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The King has regularly welcomed individuals to Buckingham Palace for small audiences in recent weeks and has been carrying out his constitutional duties behind the scenes, alongside receiving treatment.

On Easter Sunday he surprised everyone by unexpectedly walking up to crowds outside Windsor Castle to shake hands and chat with those who'd come out to see the royal family.

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    King Charles III is opening the doors of Balmoral Castle this summer for the most intimate tours ever permitted around the British royal family's much-loved private Scottish home. The tours will ...

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    King Charles's tour shows desire to hug UK nations close, says Allan Little. 17th September 2022, 01:53 PDT. By Allan Little BBC News. Reuters. The Crown of Scotland (l) on Her Majesty's coffin in ...

  5. King Charles seeks to fortify UK with tour of nations

    September 11 2022. King Charles III will embark on a tour of the United Kingdom this week, in a public show of commitment to the architecture of the UK as it comes under increasing strain. The new ...

  6. King Charles opens Balmoral Castle to public for first time

    Tickets are priced at £100, or £150 with afternoon tea included, are limited to 40 tickets per day and are already selling fast. The tours will end before the King and Queen arrive at Balmoral ...

  7. King Charles: Crown Jewels projection tours UK for coronation

    The Crown Jewels will be projected on to the Tower of London before touring landmarks across the UK as part of King Charles III's coronation. The light and music display explores the history of ...

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    The King will travel to Northern Ireland for the first time as monarch on Tuesday, September 13. King Charles and the Queen Consort, Camilla, will fly to Belfast ahead of a number of engagements ...

  9. King Charles III: First visit to Wales as the King announced

    King Charles III is set to visit Wales for the first time as the King on Friday. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest ever reigning monarch, died aged 96 on Thursday, passing the throne to the heir .

  10. Highgrove House and Gardens. Tetbury. England

    Since- 1980. Highgrove is the private residence of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Since 1980, when His Majesty The King first arrived at Highgrove, he has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house, which are renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in ...

  11. How King Charles Is Breaking With a Big Royal Tradition

    April 5, 2024 7:52 AM EDT. K ing Charles III has piqued the interest of royal fans by offering tours of private rooms at Balmoral Castle for the first time since its completion. The lucrative ...

  12. King Charles III visits Wales to complete UK tour

    16 Sep 2022. Crowds have cheered for King Charles III in Wales despite some opposition to his ascent to the throne as the new monarch wrapped up his tour of the four nations of the United Kingdom ...

  13. King Charles and Camilla Visit Northern Ireland for UK Tour: Photos

    King Charles III has arrived in Northern Ireland as part of his first UK tour as monarch.. The king, 73, was accompanied by Camilla, Queen Consort, as they met with Lord Lieutenant of Belfast ...

  14. King Charles Is Opening New Doors to Royal Residences for First Time

    Buckingham Palace on April 17, 2021 in London, England. As King Charles, 75, invites the public into new nooks for the first time this summer, The Times cited royal biographer Robert Hardman's ...

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    King Charles is set to embark on the biggest global tour in the Royal Family 's history to kick off his reign. Countries that the monarch is said to be prioritising include Australia and New ...

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    Self-described monarchists, they should be easy sells for King Charles III — who spent a day on the ground here for "Operation Spring Tide," his inaugural tour of the United Kingdom as ...

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    The King's hopes of a royal visit Down Under are still high as the monarch has reportedly told aides he's "raring to go". Charles is currently undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of ...

  19. A look back at King Charles's best royal tour moments

    King Charles and Queen Camilla are known for sharing tender moments while out and about on official royal duties, and they shared a sweet moment during a visit to France in May 2018. The royal couple took part in a five-day tour of France and Greece, and on one day, stopped in at the Nice Flower Market.

  20. King Charles to open Balmoral to the public for the first time

    The public will now have access to the green carpeted drawing room, in which the ailing Queen met Liz Truss on September 6, 2022, the red corridor, where the King greeted Rishi Sunak, the family ...

  21. Liz Truss will not accompany King Charles on UK tour, says No 10

    No 10 moved to pour cold water on reports of a proposed tour of the UK nations by Liz Truss with King Charles, claiming she had never intended to accompany the monarch on walkabouts. The ...

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    King Charles III's whistlestop tour is a 21st century effort to preserve a divided kingdom Holders of the Crown always need to move quick to consolidate their power, writes Fleet Street Fox. It ...

  23. List of official overseas trips made by Charles III

    Map of countries visited by King Charles III on an official overseas visit. As Duke of Cornwall, Prince of Wales and later as King, Charles III has been one of the United Kingdom's most important ambassadors. He travels overseas as a representative of the UK and also undertakes tours of Commonwealth realms.He is often accompanied by his wife, Queen Camilla.

  24. Tea and a tour of Balmoral Castle? That will set you back £150

    That will set you back £150. Parts of Balmoral Castle used by the royal family will open to the public for the first time - for those who have deep pockets. For £100 for an adult ticket ...

  25. King Charles could attend more engagements in April and May in what

    It is traditional that the sovereign receives the first serial numbered notes of a print run of banknotes (effectively serial number 01). The Bank has now produced £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes.