The King and Queen’s Decades of Hogmanay Traditions and Trials

The King and Queen’s Decades of Hogmanay Traditions and Trials

Proposal at Birkhall

Before Hogmanay in 2004, Prince Charles proposed to Camilla Parker-Bowles at his cherished retreat, Birkhall, a place he holds dear for its seclusion and tranquility.

Hogmanay Tradition

Following that memorable proposal, the King and Queen have made Birkhall their almost exclusive haven for Hogmanay celebrations over the past two decades, venturing there after the bustling Christmas festivities at Sandringham.

Unique Flavors of Birkhall New Year

The Birkhall Hogmanay celebrations reflect the King’s informal approach.

While the days tend to be relaxed, occasional raucous parties have ensued, complete with grand dinners featuring Highland delicacies and vintage whisky.

Exclusive Guests and Traditions

The guest list includes a select group, described as ‘Charles and Camilla’s set.’ Notably, William and Kate, on occasion, joined the celebrations, with rumors sparking about a potential proposal back in 2009.

Royal Retreat and Respite

Birkhall remains an intimate, family-oriented haven, differing significantly from the formality of nearby Balmoral. It’s a place where even local red squirrels find themselves welcomed by the King.

Moments of Turmoil

While the retreat has seen joyous celebrations, the couple faced challenges too. In 2015, Storm Frank wreaked havoc, causing extensive damage to the Birkhall gardens and surrounding areas, leading to the royal couple’s engagement in flood relief efforts.

Reflecting on the Past Year

As the King prepares for this year’s Hogmanay at Birkhall, it stands as an opportunity for reflection on the past year’s triumphs and challenges while embracing the tranquility of this beloved retreat.