King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla surprised royal well-wishers on Saturday morning as they visited a newly-opened restaurant called the Fish Shop in Ballater, Aberdeenshire.
The couple's impromptu visit was captured by an enthusiastic royal fan, who shared the video of Charles and Camilla on social media. Local fans were thrilled to see the royal couple and lined the streets to greet them. The couple stopped briefly to shake hands and chat with the gathering crowd.
Charles wore an oatmeal-hued suit paired with a navy tie, while Camilla donned a polished look with a pair of dark trousers, a blue and white checked shirt, a fitted brown jacket, and a striped scarf.
We just randomly came across King Charles and Camilla Queen Consort visiting a newly opened restaurant in Ballater, not too far from Balmoral Castle. So odd to see them just out and about! pic.twitter.com/u9NDZy9Mrf
— Rebecca (@Rebbeebee) April 22, 2023
Fans took to the comments section to express their delight at the couple's surprise visit. One fan wrote, “Wow, how cool. Surreal, actually. Especially so close to the Coronation,” while another wrote, “The royals are so great. How cool is that? Just out as normal people visiting a restaurant.”
Charles and Camilla are thought to be taking a break in Balmoral before their grand coronation day on May 6th. Although the royal family has numerous properties across the UK, Scotland appears to hold a special place in their hearts.
The coronation ceremony promises to be a grand event, with Prince George, Charles's eldest grandson, taking on a prominent role as one of the four Pages of Honour to the King. George, who is second-in-line to the throne, will be joined by the children of family friends, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, 13, Nicholas Barclay, 13, and Ralph Tollemache, 12.
Meanwhile, the Queen's Pages of Honour will be her grandsons Gus and Louis Lopes, 13, and Freddy Parker Bowles, 13, and her great-nephew Arthur Elliot, ten.
As the world eagerly awaits the coronation of King Charles III, the couple's surprise visit to the Fish Shop in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, was a delightful reminder of their down-to-earth nature and the special place they hold in the hearts of their fans.