Prince Charles plans to extend his summer holiday at Balmoral ‘for an extra week because the fishing is so good’, royal photographer says
- The Prince of Wales, 71, is reportedly at his Birkhall home on the Balmoral estate
- Enjoying his annual summer break with the Duchess of Cornwall, Hello! reports
- Planning to extend stay for a week so he can pursue one of his favourite hobbies
- Royal photographer said they’ll be staying longer because the ‘fishing is so good’
The Prince of Wales plans to extend his summer holiday at the Queen’s Balmoral estate ‘for an extra week because the fly fishing is so good’, according to a royal photographer.
Prince Charles, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, apparently kicked off their break at their Scottish residence of Birkhall this week after he paid a visit to Caithness General Hospital in Wick on Friday to thank frontline workers, Hello! reported.
And the heir to the throne already plans to stay for seven days longer than planned so he can continue to pursue one of his favourite hobbies.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, royal photographer royal Tim Rooke claimed a local told him Charles ‘has decided to stay up for an extra week because the fishing is so good’.
The Queen is also in Balmoral with the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, after the couple spent the last four months isolating at Windsor Castle.
Prince Charles, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, kicked off their break at their Scottish residence of Birkhall this week after he paid a visit to Caithness General Hospital in Wick (pictured) on Friday to thank frontline workers, Hello! reported
And the heir to the throne already plans to stay for seven days longer than planned so he can continue to pursue one of his favourite hobbies. Pictured, the royal previously enjoying a day of fly fishing
Mr Rooke wrote on Twitter: ‘I may be having difficulty actually being able to photograph the royals during the pandemic.
‘However, out walking the dogs and the Prince of Wales drove past me with fishing rods on his car. Good fishing in this part of Scotland #royals #PrinceCharles #flyfishing.
‘Apparently according to a local he has decided to stay up for an extra week because the fishing is so good,’ he added.
MailOnline has contacted Clarence House for comment.
Fly fishing is a favoured pastime of several members of the royal family, with the late Queen mother a fan of the sport, while Prince Philip has also been known to take part in the activity while at Balmoral.
Prince Charles has previously been pictured teaching the hobby to his sons Prince William and Prince Harry when they were younger.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, royal photographer royal Tim Rooke claimed a local told him Charles ‘has decided to stay up for an extra week because the fishing is so good’ (above)
Balmoral: The Royal Family’s summer retreat
A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival. The Queen and Philip will stay in the main castle, pictured
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.
In the autumn of 1842, two and a half years after her marriage to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria paid her first visit to Scotland. They were so struck with the Highlands that they resolved to return. A further visit to Perthshire and then Ardverikie encouraged them to seize the opportunity to purchase Balmoral.
After Queen Victoria bought the Castle in 1852, plans were made to build a new castle about 100 yards north-west of the old building designed by the city of Aberdeen architect William Smith.
On 28 September 1853 the foundation stone of the new Castle was laid by Queen Victoria. Prince Albert took a great interest in the design and construction which was completed by 1856, also in the Scottish Baronial style.
The Castle is constructed from local granite, which was precision cut using the modern machinery of the day, producing a much smoother finish to the building than usual.
Prince Albert set about landscaping the area, starting a programme of improvements lasting several years, which was done in accordance with a model he had constructed in sand. The main works were completed by 1859 and included new houses, stables, workshops and schools.
Royals continue to make improvements to the castle and the ruggedly beautiful surroundings have captivated generations of royals since.
The Queen has visited Balmoral almost every year of her reign and it holds a special place in her heart.
He also took on the role of patron of the Salmon and Trout Association from his grandmother.
Traditional fly fishing is an angling method that uses an artificial ‘fly’ to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line and can be used in fresh or saltwater.
The Queen arrived in Balmoral on Tuesday, with many other royals enjoying their summers at the estate – including her son Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Queen is also in Balmoral with the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, after the couple spent the last four months isolating at Windsor Castle. Pictured, the couple in the quadrangle of the royal residence in a photo shared to mark Philip’s birthday in June
But it’s feared their plans could be jeopardised if the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon follows through with her threat to enforce tougher COVID-19 related restrictions throughout Aberdeenshire.
Yesterday, the city of Aberdeen was put back into lockdown as pubs, cafes and restaurants were shut and its population of more than 200,000 people were banned from travelling more than five miles from their homes.
It came a day after the Queen and Prince Philip landed at Aberdeen Airport where they were met by a driver and whisked off to Balmoral Castle, which is roughly an hour away.
Their staff in Scotland have been quarantined for two weeks to minimise the Covid risk, and the couple are expected to stay there until early October as they enjoy a delayed summer holiday.
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