King Charles wants to make Balmoral a public memorial to the Queen by opening it further to visitors
- Charles wants to make royal residences more accessible to the public
- He wants to make Balmoral a place where people can reflect on the Queen’s life
- According to King’s plans, the public could visit the Scottish residence while he is staying there
- It will feature exhibitions and a permanent space to honor the Queen’s legacy
- The Queen spent her final days at Balmoral before passing away on September 8
King Charles hopes to make Balmoral a public memorial to the Queen by opening it further to visitors 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 honor the late monarch’s legacy.
In fact, under the new plans, King Charles would even allow members of the public to visit while staying there, Telegraph reports.
Although Charles will not use Balmoral as his main Scottish residence, he hopes to make the privately owned estate – along with other royal residences – more accessible to the public so they can reflect on his mother’s life.
The king prefers nearby Birkhall on the estate he inherited after the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother. He and Queen Consort Camilla also spent their honeymoon here.
The Queen had spent her last summer at Balmoral – an annual tradition for the Royal Family during her reign.
King Charles hopes to make Balmoral 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 photo was taken before she met incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss
The King wants to make the privately owned Balmoral Estate (pictured) – along with other royal residences – more accessible to the public so they can reflect on his late mother’s life
The royals are expected to continue this tradition of venturing to the Aberdeenshire estate over the summer, with Balmoral temporarily closed to the public.
In recent years, the beautiful property – believed 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 of the castle itself ‘as a mark of respect’ to Her Majesty.
A spokesman said: “Visitors will be able to tour the grounds and gardens where they can enjoy the peace and quiet 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 as tourists explore.
The king prefers nearby Birkhall to Balmoral, which he inherited after the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother. He and Queen Consort Camilla also spent their honeymoon here. Pictured: The royal couple pictured in Birkhall Gardens last year
Dumfries – a stunning 18th century manor house in 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 members of the public can once again 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’s Diana’s house. It’s not hers.’
Sources have said that ‘heritage and celebration of the Queen’ will be one of the king’s key principles as he looks for the best way to use his private homes and royal residences, both of which he already owned and which he inherited after his mother’s death.