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.
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.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn