Long before he became King we’d heard talk of the then Prince Charles’ plans for a ‘slimmed down’ Royal family.
In a vibrant regal image we see the King and Queen surrounded by their inner circle – with the to be expected but still notable omission of Charles’ beloved son Prince Harry.
In one of the four official images released by the palace we see show Charles, Camilla, and all working members of the Royal Family. These are, in full and from left to right – The Duke of Kent, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Gloucester, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Princess Royal, The King, The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Princess of Wales, The Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Taken in Buckingham Palace’s suitably majestic Throne Room, the image is a historic portrait of the Royal Family as it now stands in 2023. It was captured by experienced photographer Hugo Burnand, who in his 20 years of photographing the family both in public and private has covered events including the weddings of both Charles and Camilla and William and Kate.
In another of the historic photographs, the King, 74, can be seen in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace while wearing full regalia including The Robe of Estate and The Imperial State Crown.
In the portrait taken on Saturday, His Majesty looks regal yet relaxed with none of the nerves he earlier showed in London’s Westminster Abbey, holding the Sovereign’s Orb in his left hand and Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross in his right while sitting down on one of a pair of 1902 throne chairs.
With the coronation filled with nods to the past, the throne chairs are of historical significance. They were originally made for the future King George V and Queen Mary and used at King George and Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1937.
In another portrait Queen Camilla, 75, is pictured in Buckingham Palace’s The Green Drawing Room where she is wearing Queen Mary’s Crown and Robe of Estate.
For the occasion, Her Majesty can be seen sporting a stunning white gown which features gold embroidery around the sleeves and shoulders.
The front of the garment also boasts her official monogram which is made up of a ‘C’ for her first name and an ‘R’ for ‘Regina’ which is Latin for Queen.
The final picture shows the new King and Queen united together as they posed for a picture in the Throne Room.
In addition to the unseen photographs, the King also shared a message in which he gave his “heartfelt thanks” to all those who helped make the historic occasion a reality.
The statement began: “As the Coronation weekend draws to a close, my wife and I just wanted to share our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion.
“We pay particular tribute to the countless people who have given their time and dedication to ensuring that the celebrations in London, Windsor and further afield were as happy, safe and enjoyable as possible.”
His Majesty also paid tribute to those who’d embraced the occasion outside of the capital and thanked individuals for taking part in the celebrations.
He continued: “To those who joined in the celebrations – whether at home, at street parties and lunches, or by volunteering in communities – we thank you, each and every one.
“To know that we have your support and encouragement, and to witness your kindness expressed in so many different ways, has been the greatest possible Coronation gift, as we now rededicate our lives to serving the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and Commonwealth.”
The new photographs and messages come after a momentous weekend for His and Her Majesty, one of which saw 20.4 million people tune in to watch Charles be crowned King.
And as part of the milestone occasion, a series of celebratory events have been taking place up and down the country to mark the Coronation Weekend, including a Coronation Concert and The Big Help Out.
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