King Charles to have private day of reflection after momentous week

King Charles III walks as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on top, arrives at Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story DEATH Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

Charles has returned to his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire (Picture: PA)

The King is to have a private day of reflection after a momentous week that saw him become monarch.

Charles has returned to his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire and is not expected to attend any public events on Thursday.

In the detailed planning for the aftermath of the Queen’s death – known as ‘London Bridge’ – a day was set aside at this point for the new monarch to have some time away from public duties.

It 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.

The new monarch has put his own deep personal grief to one side in order to focus on his new duties, travelling more than 1,500 miles around the UK in his first week on the throne and carrying out countless engagements.

And all under the glare of a global audience captivated by his every move.

King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort leave Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. The Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four full days before her funeral on Monday Sept. 19. Nariman El-Mofty/Pool via REUTERS

The new monarch has put his own deep personal grief to one side in order to focus on his new duties (Picture: Reuters)

The understandable tension has shown, with the King going viral after losing his rag with a leaky fountain pen and earlier impatiently signalling for an aide to move an awkwardly placed inkpot during Saturday’s Accession Council ceremony.

On Wednesday, he led the royal family in a public display of homage to the late Queen by walking behind her coffin with his siblings, sons and other relatives 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.

The Queen will be laid to rest on Monday in a state funeral which is predicted to be watched by more than four billion people around the world.

Every day of the year, except Christmas Day, he 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.

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.

The red boxes are made by leather goods company Barrow and Gale but it is not known if Charles has received a new set or is using the Queen’s boxes for the time being.

The late Queen still used the boxes that were made for her on her coronation in 1953, having had them refurbished over the years.

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