First time out after Queen's death: King Charles takes Reflection Day

The queen is dead.

First time out after Queen's death: King Charles takes Reflection Day

The queen is dead. Long live the king. And so Britain's new monarch Charles III. from appointment to appointment after the death of his mother. Only now is he granted a moment of peace and contemplation for the first time. But even this is not without work.

After the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III. so far hardly a moment of pause has been granted. The duties of state and mourning occupy the new English monarch. After Wednesday's moving funeral procession through London, Charles flew by helicopter to his wife, Queen Camilla's estate in the English village of Reybridge, outside London. This is reported by the "Daily Mail".

A photo shows Charles exiting the helicopter while still in the military uniform of the funeral procession. On Thursday, the 73-year-old is granted a break for the first time since the death of the English queen and thus also a moment to reflect on the previous events.

After arriving by helicopter, Charles drove his car from Camilla's estate and began the thirty-minute drive to his country home, Highgrove. His wife did not accompany him. The new king is not expected to attend any public events on Thursday.

From the very beginning, this private day of reflection was part of the so-called "Operation London Bridge", the plan that meticulously defines the processes for the time after the Queen's death. British media suspect that both Charles III. and his wife Queen Camilla can now pause for the first time since they made the arduous journey to Balmoral Castle last week to witness the Queen in her final hours.

Nevertheless, Charles III. also use the day to further prepare for his new royal duties and role. The "Daily Mirror" reports that it has received official government papers, the so-called "red boxes", for inspection.

Highgrove House is a country estate in Gloucestershire, South West England. Charles moved into the property in 1981 with his then-wife Princess Diana. Queen Elizabeth II is to be buried on Monday.