King Charles receives warm welcome to Balmoral to mark start of his summer break

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His Majesty The King, King Charles III inspects the Guard of Honour (formed of Balaklava Company, 5 SCOTS The Royal Regiment of Scotland) to officially welcome His Majesty The King to Balmoral Castle. Photographer: Mark Owens - Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

King Charles was officially was officially welcomed at Balmoral this week with a ceremony to mark the start of his summer holiday.

In a ceremony outside Balmoral Castle gates, the King inspected a Guard of Honour formed of the Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, under the Command of Major Robert Weir.  

King Charles was recently announced as Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, succeeding his mother the late Queen Elizabeth II in the role.  

Crowds gathered to welcome to welcome His Majesty The King to Balmoral Castle. Photographer: Mark Owens – Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Crowds of well-wishers were there to welcome the monarch to Balmoral and stood outside the gates to catch a glimpse of him as he was given a warm welcome to his Scottish residence.

The Pipes and Drums of 4 SCOTS performed at the ceremony and Corporal Cruachan IV (the regimental mascot pony) received a a friendly pat from the King.

The 14-year-old Shetland pony made headlines in 2017 when he famously took a bite out of the late Queen Elizabeth’s posy during a visit to Stirling Castle.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s Mascot, Shetland Pony Corporal Cruachan IV was also there to welcome King Charles. Photographer: Mark Owens – Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

The King and Queen are expected to welcome members of their families to Balmoral in the coming weeks, including Prince William, Princess Kate and their three children.

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.

The Balmoral Estate has been added to by successive members of the royal family, and now covers an area of approximately 50,000 acres near the village of Crathie, 9 miles west of Ballater and 50 miles west of Aberdeen.

It is a working estate including grouse moors, forestry and farmland, as well as managed herds of deer, Highland cattle, sheep and ponies.

As is tradition, the King will also host Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife for a weekend at Balmoral in the coming weeks.

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