King Charles retreats to Balmoral to mourn the death of Elizabeth II in private

To underline its importance to her, it showed the late queen in the wilds of the Scottish hills surrounded by heather.

Taken in 1971 by her cousin, the 5th Earl of Lichfield – a photographer whose archive contains a wealth of images of the Royal Family off-duty over countless Balmoral summers – she is thought to be previously unseen. It was taken from the royal archives to commemorate Her Majesty’s death.

A caption, posted online, echoed Shakespeare’s quote the king used in his first televised address to the nation to say, “May flights of angels sing to you to your repose.”

It added: “In loving memory of Her Majesty The Queen. 1926-2022.”

The King previously considered Highgrove his personal retreat, returning there briefly for a night away from the London spotlight between the late Queen’s death and her funeral.

The king has asked the royal family to observe another week of royal mourning, during which they are not expected to appear in public.

Some events have been canceled and while senior members of the royal family will have the opportunity to visit patrons or thank the public where appropriate, there are currently no plans to do so in the coming days.

Once the mourning period is over, a phased period returns to working life – beginning with military or charitable activities, before working members of the royal family move on to their personal projects and goals.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will follow the same protocol.

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