The King and Queen Consort will begin the New Year with a romantic break at their “marital home” in the first of several permanent changes to the monarch’s calendar.
Having stuck with tradition by choosing to spend Christmas at Sandringham with other members of the Royal family, His Majesty and the Queen Consort will break with the late Queen’s habit of remaining in Norfolk until February.
Instead, they will head to Birkhall on the Balmoral estate, possibly in time for Hogmanay, when they will prepare for a busy year that will include the first coronation since 1953.
While the ceremony at Westminster Abbey will dominate the King’s first full year as monarchother highlights will include the couple’s first state visit abroad, which is expected in the spring, a pre-coronamation tour of the home nations and a tour of the west of England.
The lowlight of the year, as far as the King is concerned, is likely to be the publication of Prince Harry’s autobiography, “Spare”, on January 10, which may further worsen the already strained relationship between the King and his younger son.
The King’s diary for 2023 is rapidly filling up, with annual traditions like Royal Ascot, the Royal Maundy Service and the Braemar Games already inked in, but there will be subtle changes to other regular events, including garden parties and public access to Royal residences.
The first of those changes will be the January stay at Birkhall, the King’s favorite home, and the place he is also likely to visit to recharge his batteries after the coronation on May 6.