The royal couple arrived in Scotland yesterday for a short break to mourn the loss of the late Queen.
But sources close to the monarch said he was “encouraged” by the outpouring of public support in recent days.
His staff are now busy behind the scenes putting the Grandfather of the Nation project into full swing.
The Daily Mail revealed last week that while he has no ambition to step into his late mother’s shoes, given her unique qualities and the affection with which she was held in public life, he hopes to bring his age, wisdom and experience to the table to continue his legacy.
The royal couple arrived in Scotland yesterday for a short break to mourn the loss of the late Queen
Yesterday, the King, 73, and Camilla, 75, left Windsor Castle, where they spent the night on Monday after an emotional private funeral, and swept into RAF Northolt in north-west London just before 10.30am.
His police officers removed their helmets and bowed as he boarded with his wife and the plane arrived in Aberdeen at midday. Although the ten days of national mourning are now over, the royal family will continue their own extended period of mourning until next Monday evening.
All of their public engagements have been canceled and flags at the royal residences will continue to fly at half-mast until 10am. 8 on Tuesdays.
The King and Camilla will spend at least the next week – and possibly even longer – at Birkhall, the Queen Mother’s old home on Royal Deeside, whose estate is next to Balmoral.
It will be an emotional return to Scotland, where the king and his sister, Princess Anne, were with their mother when she died on September 8. However, it will probably also bring him great help.
The King and Camilla will spend at least the next week – and possibly even longer – at Birkhall, the Queen Mother’s old home on Royal Deeside, whose estate is next to Balmoral
“He mourns his mother as any loving son would, with all that entails on a human level,” said a friend. In fact, over the past ten days, King Charles III has led his country in mourning, traveling some 1,900 miles and undertaking more than 30 engagements and public walks the length and breadth of the country – even working on the eve of her funeral.
It was part of a long-running plan known as Operation Spring Tide. He will, of course, continue to deal with necessary state affairs over the next few days, but away from the public eye.
Behind the scenes, however, work is well underway for a still very ‘committed, dynamic and enthusiastic’ Charles to pick up his relentless work schedule once his period of mourning is over.
It is expected that he will continue to support the many charities he has raised millions for over the years, but in a different way.
Sources close to the monarch said he was “elated” by the outpouring of public support in recent days
“He’s incredibly aware of the extra focus that comes with being king and that things can’t go on exactly as they were before,” a source said.
His private office is already ripping up many of the plans it had in place, with a visit to flood-hit Pakistan next month one of the first engagements to go.
But staff are also understood to be figuring out how to fit other existing commitments with the burden of his new duties.
This is something no one felt able to do while the late Queen was still alive and Operation London Bridge, the Queen’s funeral plans and Operation Spring Tide were still in full flow.
A source said: ‘The King is phenomenally thoughtful and passionate. The things he cares deeply about are still relevant, they have not become irrelevant because he is king. The difference is that he will no longer be an interventionist.
‘His hope is that he will be able to support and encourage and convene instead.
‘Staff will carefully focus on how to get the balance right.’
The court remains in mourning and Clarence House, which has been Charles and Camilla’s home for many years, is where they feel most at home in London. But in the longer term, he has made it clear that Buckingham Palace will be their permanent residence
Charles is believed to have been ‘touched and encouraged’ by the public response in recent days, particularly given some of the challenges he has faced over the years.
“Anyone who has worked with him knows that rest and relaxation is not on his priority list,” said a former senior royal aide.
‘It will take all the guile of his team and the Queen Consort to convince him that he doesn’t need to take on everything at once.’
While the king will base himself at Buckingham Palace, sources said no one should expect “to see the moving vans outside Clarence House any time soon”.
The court remains in mourning and Clarence House, which has been Charles and Camilla’s home for many years, is where they feel most at home in London.
But in the longer term, he has made it clear that Buckingham Palace will be their permanent residence.