Why King Charles is not making any public appearances today

·Freelance Writer
·3-min read
King Charles is having a day away from public duties following a momentous week. (PA)
King Charles is having a day away from public duties following a momentous week. (PA)

Following a momentous week that saw him become monarch, King Charles will be absent from the public gaze today.

Charles has been a mainstay on television screens and in front of crowds over the past seven days as he deals with both the loss of his mother and settling in to his new role.

But there will be no public appearances from the new King today as he has a pre-planned private day of reflection at his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire.

The 18th century countryside estate near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, serves as the private home of Charles and his wife Camilla, now the Queen Consort, and is something of a sanctuary for the King.

King Charles is spending a day away from public duties at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. (PA)
King Charles is spending a day away from public duties at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. (PA)

On Wednesday, Charles joined his sons and other members of the royal family in a public display of homage to the late Queen by walking behind her coffin as it was carried into Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state until the state funeral on Monday.

Watched by tens of thousands lining the route from Buckingham Palace, the King delivered his mother to the hands of the nation for a period of four days.

After an emotional few days, detailed planning for the aftermath of the Queen’s death – known as “London Bridge” – a day has been set aside at this point for the new monarch to have some time away from public duties.

Watch: King and Princes follow Queen's final journey

Charles’ rest day comes after a week where he visited every nation of the United Kingdom, travelling more than 1,500 miles to meet mourners, as well as making his maiden’s King’s speech following his proclamation on Saturday – two days after his mother died.

He has been seen warmly greeting large crowds and filmed an emotional address to the country, all while mourning the loss of his mother.

Photo by: KGC-03/STAR MAX/IPx 2022 9/14/22 Her Majesty's Coffin borne on a Gun Carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. At the rear of the coffin (in order), The Earl of Wessex and Forfar, The Duke of York, The Princess Royal, THE KING. Mr. Peter Phillips, The Duke of Sussex, The Prince of Wales. Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Snowdon. HM coffin will be conveyed on a gun carriage to Westminster Hall, the ancient heart of Parliament, where she will lie in state for four days until her funeral on Monday.
King Charles stood with his sons and other members of the royal family as the Queen made her final journey from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. (AP)

Today will allow the King to pause – but it is understood he will be working in preparation for his new role and will already be receiving his red boxes of state papers.

Every day of the year, except Christmas Day, Charles will receive from government ministers – and from representatives in Commonwealth and foreign countries – information in the form of policy papers, cabinet documents and Foreign Office telegrams.

HILLSBOROUGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 13: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Alternate crop) Crowds cheer as King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort arrive for a visit to Hillsborough Castle on September 13, 2022 in Hillsborough, United Kingdom. King Charles III is visiting Northern Ireland for the first time since ascending to the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Crowds cheer as King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort arrive for a visit to Hillsborough Castle during his tour of the four nations of the United Kingdom. (Niall Carson/WPA/Getty)

The correspondence also includes a daily summary of events in Parliament, letters and other state papers which are sent by his private secretary in the red boxes also used by government ministers to carry confidential documents.

All of the papers have to be read and, where necessary, approved and signed.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort take part in an address in Westminster Hall on September 12, 2022 in London, England. The Lord Speaker and the Speaker of the House of Commons presented an Address to His Majesty on behalf of their respective House in Westminster Hall following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The King replied to the Addresses. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort take part in an address in Westminster Hall on Monday. (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Charles is expected to return to public duties on Friday, ahead of final preparations for the Queen’s funeral, which will take place on Monday.

Meanwhile, mourners continue to join the queue in London for the Queen’s lying in state.

Queues along Lambeth Bridge and Albert Embankment have been flowing all night, with some waiting for nine hours to pay their respects to the late Queen.