King Charles holds an audience with the Governor of Victoria

Jovial King Charles is smart in a suit and tie as he holds an audience with Australia’s Governor of Victoria at Balmoral

  • King Charles posed for a photo with Linda Dessau, Victoria governor, at Balmoral
  • Ms Dessau is the monarch’s official representative in the Australian province
  • The King has been residing at Balmoral while he carries out royal duties 

King Charles has welcomed the Governor of Victoria, Australia, to Aberdeenshire as he hosted an audience with her at Balmoral Castle.

The monarch, who is just under a month into his reign, welcomed Linda Dessau to Balmoral, the royal residence where his mother, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, passed away last month.

Charles III, who is also King of Australia, wore a grey suit with a burgundy patterned tie and pocket handkerchief.

The King beamed in a grey suit as he stood with the governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, during an audience at Balmoral Castle today

He smiled, standing with his hands behind his back, as he posed for photographs with Ms Dessau in the library at Balmoral on Wednesday morning.

Ms Dessau, who was a family court judge, has been in the role since 2015 when she became the first female governor of the state in south-eastern Australia.

She acts as the monarch’s representative in Victoria, which includes the city of Melbourne.

The King’s meeting with Ms Dessau comes just a few days after he hosted prime minister of The Grenadines, a chain of Caribbean Islands, on Saturday, amid fears the paradise may ditch him as their head of state. 

Ralph Gonsalves proposed a referendum asking if the monarch should be replaced with an appointed ‘executive president’ following protests during the visit from the Earl and Countess of Wessex in April. 

In July, Mr Gonsalves told his country’s parliament that the vote would be an opportunity to ‘complete the national democratic task’ – after they gained their independence from the UK in 1979. 

King Charles made his first public appearance with his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, in Dunfermline on Monday, during which he paid tribute to his late mother.

King Charles III invited the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Balmoral for an audience as the Caribbean island nation considers dumping him as head of state

The monarch was pictured smiling and shaking hands with Ralph Gonsalves and his wife Eloise at the Highlands castle

His Majesty and the Queen Consort formally conferred city status on Dunfermline as part of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations – and the monarch said the event would ‘gladden my dear mother’s heart, as it certainly gladdens mine’.

Charles and Camilla were welcomed to Fife by community groups including a local pipe band and schoolchildren – with the King and his wife stopping to speak to crowds and shake their hands. One of those who waited to meet Charles was 91-year-old Catherine Gillian-Adams, who said she was ‘thrilled to bits’ her home town was now a city.

Thousands gathered in Dunfermline to see the royal couple and other VIPs including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who was greeted by cheers and boos. But there was clapping and cries of ‘God Save the King’ when Charles, wearing a blue tartan kilt, arrived.

His Majesty and his wife attended an official council meeting at the City Chambers where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on Dunfermline and made a short speech. It is their first joint public engagements since royal mourning ended last Tuesday.

King Charles III arrives at an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town

In the ceremony the King said he was ‘delighted’ when it was announced the town would become a city. He said he hoped people would feel a ‘real sense of pride in this new chapter’.

He said: ‘That would, I know, gladden my dear mother’s heart, as it certainly gladdens mine. As you celebrate your well-deserved status as Scotland’s new City, I can only offer my warmest congratulations, and my heartfelt wishes for the years to come’.

He added: ‘I was delighted when, in May this year, it was announced that Dunfermline was one of the eight communities being granted City Status to mark The late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There could be no more fitting way to mark my beloved mother’s extraordinary life of service than by granting this honour to a place made famous by its own long and distinguished history, and by the indispensable role it has played in the life of our country.

‘Now, of course, we gather to celebrate this great occasion but also to commemorate the life of Her late Majesty, whose deep love for Scotland was one of the foundations of her life’.

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