King Charles makes major change to royal family’s summer tradition which was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth

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King Charles is set to make a major change to a royal family summer tradition which was a favourite of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

King Charles and the royal family will gather together at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, for their annual summer break, but the King is set to make a major change to tradition. This year’s family stay at the 50,000 estate in Aberdeenshire is likely to be shorter.

Currently the grounds, gardens and exhibitions at Balmoral are being redecorated and they will remain open to the public until mid-August, giving a shorter window for the royals to stay. The late Queen would usually stay at the castle until October but it is expected that Charles and the rest of the royal family will head off before that to get back for public engagements.

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Balmoral Castle was a favourite destination of Queen Elizabeth II and was where royals would spend most the summer. It has been a royal tradition ever since the time of Queen Victoria, when she acquired the estate.

A royal source told the Express: We expect the family will be together there in the summer. But diaries are still being sorted.” It is understood that at least some of the family will stay at the castle.

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles and Camilla have continued to stay at their Jacobean home, Birkhall, on the edge of the estate.

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