Their destination was Birkhall, Charles’s beloved private bolthole on the Balmoral estate. And it was there, on a frosty night in front of a roaring fire, where Charles ‘sank to one knee in front of the woman he loved and popped the question’.
It is little surprise that the King chose to propose at Birkhall, a place he once referred to as ‘a unique haven of cosiness and character’ and which is rumoured to be his favourite home. After all, it is said to be the only one of his residences where he can truly relax. Away from the prying eyes of court and his subjects he can stick on a pair of wellies and go for a ramble, or look out the good whisky and settle down in a favourite chair with the papers.
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