King Charles wants to make Balmoral a public monument to the Queen by opening it further to visitors
- Charles wants to make royal residences more accessible to members of 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 there
- It will include exhibits and a permanent space to honor the Queen’s legacy
- The Queen spent her last days in Balmoral before she passed away on September 8.
King Charles hopes to make Balmoral a public monument to the Queen by opening it to visitors for a greater part 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 legacy of the late monarch.
Under the new plans, King Charles would even allow members of the public to visit while he is staying there, the Telegraph reports.
While Charles will not use Balmoral as his Scottish residents, he hopes to make the private estate – along with other royal residences – more accessible to the public so they can reflect on his mother’s life.
The king prefers neighboring Birkhall on the estate he inherited after his grandmother’s death. He and the Queen Consort Camilla also spent their honeymoon here.
The Queen had spent her last summer at Balmoral – an annual tradition of the royal family during her reign.
King Charles hopes to make Balmoral a public monument to the Queen by opening it to more visitors for a year. Her Majesty spent her last summer at the Scottish residence, where her last official photo was taken before meeting new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
The king wants to make the private Balmoral Estate (pictured) – along with other royal residences – more accessible to the public so that they can reflect on the life of his late mother
The royals are expected to continue this tradition of making their way to the Aberdeenshire estate in the summer after which Balmoral would temporarily close to the public.
In recent years, the beautiful estate – 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 at no cost and without guided tours to 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 tranquility 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 match the success of Dumfries House in Scotland, where he often works over the front door while tourists explore.
The king prefers neighboring Birkhall to Balmoral, which he inherited after his grandmother’s death. He and the Queen Consort Camilla also spent their honeymoon here. Pictured: The King and Queen Consort pictured in the Birkhall Gardens last year
Dumfries – a beautiful 18th century house set on 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 in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, where again members of the public can view the gardens while he is there.
However, Camilla is said to be less attached to the Gloucestershire house. According to her biographer Penny Junor, she “wouldn’t be sad to see Highgrove leave. . . It’s Diana’s house. It’s not hers.’
Sources have said that “inheriting and celebrating the queen” will be one of the king’s main principles in seeking the best way to use his private residences and royal residences, both of which were already his and which he has. inherited after the death of his mother.