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Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty join King and Queen at church near Balmoral

The Prime Minister and his wife joined the King and Queen at a church near Balmoral while spending the weekend on the monarch’s Scottish estate.

Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty were driven to Crathie Kirk separately from Charles and Camilla before they attended the traditional Sunday service together.

Ms Murty was dressed in a long double-breasted textured turquoise tweed coat, and a contrasting mustard-coloured hat.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty leave Crathie Parish Church, near Balmoral, following a Sunday church service (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

The King, wearing a red and green tartan kilt, sat next to the Queen, who wore a green coat and hat and clutched a beige handbag on her lap, as they were driven to the 19th century parish church, which overlooks the River Dee.

His kilt, matched with bright red knee high socks, appeared to be made from a different tartan from his new King Charles III pattern – which he debuted at the Braemar Gathering on Saturday.

Charles and Camilla were also joined at the church by the King’s sister the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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The King arriving at church on Sunday (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

The King and Queen smiled broadly as they left the church.

Mr Sunak and his wife arrived at Balmoral Castle on Saturday.

The royals are days away from the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death and the King’s accession on September 8.

Mr Sunak’s stay at Balmoral Castle – an annual September tradition for sitting prime ministers – comes as he prepares for Parliament to return on Monday after the summer recess.

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The Princess Royal arrives at Crathie Parish Church (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

Charles followed his late mother’s custom by inviting the Prime Minister to join him at his Aberdeenshire retreat, where the royal family spend time each summer.

Former prime minister David Cameron once said there was not much “chillaxing” – chilling out and relaxing – at the castle, with the royals spending their time on outdoor pursuits.

Years of memories have been forged at Balmoral, including of family barbecues – where Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, did the cooking and the late Queen did the washing-up.

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The late Queen welcoming then-prime minister Liz Truss during an audience at Balmoral days before the monarch died (Jane Barlow/PA)

At royal residences, servants meticulously unpack luggage for guests.

Cherie Blair said in her autobiography her son Leo was conceived at Balmoral after she left her contraception at home out of embarrassment before her annual weekend stay there with husband and then-prime minister Sir Tony Blair.

“In 1998 – I had been extremely disconcerted to discover that everything of mine had been unpacked,” she wrote.

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Balmoral Castle, where the royals often spend the summer (PA)

“Not only my clothes, but the entire contents of my distinctly ancient toilet bag with its range of unmentionables.

“This year I had been a little more circumspect, and had not packed my contraceptive equipment out of sheer embarrassment.

“As usual up there, it had been bitterly cold, and what with one thing and another…”