King Charles gives Queen's Balmoral Castle decor an update as he settles into new role

His Majesty has made some changes to the library at Balmoral Castle, where he has been based since the royal period of mourning ended

King Charles changes Queen's Balmoral Castle decor as he settles into new role
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King Charles III has upgraded the decor of Balmoral Castle in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death, making a few subtle changes to the furnishings of the iconic Scotland royal residence. 

King Charles III has made minor design changes to Balmoral Castle since succeeding the throne, adding his own personal touches to its iconic library following the Queen's death

His Majesty was photographed with the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, in the Scottish residence reading room on Wednesday morning, smiling brightly for the camera as he settles into his new role as monarch. He has been based at Balmoral Castle, where his mother died aged 96 last month, since the royal mourning period ended on September 27. 


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Royal fans were quick to notice that the library has been given a subtle makeover, with many pointing out online that some of its most notable furnishings had disappeared. For starters, the soft green armchairs from Queen Elizabeth II's reign have been replaced by leather red ones with patchwork cushions, giving the room a homey, laid-back vibe. 


Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral Castle's library in 2017

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"The patchwork cushion is good to suggest that someone might enjoy some downtime fireside homemade crafting," interior designer, Benji Lewis, told the Mail Online

A thermostat has also been added to the fireplace, marking one of the few modern devices in the antiquated room. 

It remains unknown how much longer King Charles III will stay at Balmoral Castle, but it's understood he's keen to return to London in the coming months. 

The 73-year-old plans to move from Clarence House into Buckingham Palace, where he is expected to hold a 'flat above the shop' as he develops his 'slimmed down monarchy'. Camilla, Queen Consort will join him at the London residence, whilst continuing to hold onto her private residence in Wiltshire, Ray Mill House. 

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