Royals return to duties after mourning period but Charles could stay at Birkhall

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    Members of the Royal Family have returned to their duties today following a period of mourning after Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Flags at royal residences will also be raised to full mast after 8am.

    However, King Charles III could stay at his home in Birkhall into early October.

    According to Sky News, Britain’s new monarch could follow his mother’s tradition by staying in Scotland for a few more days.

    The late Queen usually spent around 10 weeks at Balmoral during the summer and returned to the English capital when the autumn session started in Parliament.

    The King travelled to Scotland shortly after the Queen’s state funeral last Monday.

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    However, Charles managed to carry out one official engagement during the period of mourning when he held a telephone audience with Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng ahead of his tax-cutting mini-budget.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton will kickstart the Firm’s return to normal duties with a visit to Wales.

    The couple, who took on the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales following the Queen’s death, will make a two-stop visit and attend events in Anglesey and Swansea.

    During their visit to Anglesey, William and Kate will meet with crewmembers, volunteers and those who have been supported by their local unit at RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station.

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    The Prince and Princess of Wales will then make the almost 180mile journey down to Swansea as they arrive at the redeveloped St Thomas’ Church which assists people across the city and surrounding county.

    St Thomas’ supports over 200 people per week at its foodbank, helps distribute essential items for vulnerable mothers through Swansea Baby Basics, provides facilities for the homeless, has a not-for-profit cafe and a scheme to prevent food waste in a bid to help end food poverty.

    The couple are said to have a “deep affection” for the principality and expressed gratitude for the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people ahead of their visit.

    Having succeeded King Charles III as the Prince of Wales following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, William and his wife are said to be looking forward to spending more time in the country over the coming months and years as they strengthen ties with communities across the principality.

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