Buckingham Palace releases the first official portrait of King Charles and his wife Camilla with the Prince and Princess of Wales
In the first official photo released of the British monarch with the Prince and Princess of Wales since the death of Queen Elizabeth on September 8, Buckingham Palace has released a new photo of King Charles and Queen Camilla alongside Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton.
The new photo, which shows the four royals side by side in all-black mourning clothes, was taken at Buckingham Palace the night before Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 18, ahead of the evening reception for kings, heads of state and official guests from abroad in London to attend the Queen's funeral.
The picture shows the future unity of the royal family, through the relationship of the King and Queen with the Prince and Princess of Wales. The Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to step up their roles now that William is heir to the British throne.
Charles has long been said to want a watered-down monarchy, and this photo shows key royals who would support him in his role as king.
After the Queen's death, Elizabeth II
Charles immediately succeeded his mother to the British throne after her death, while William was named Prince of Wales in his first televised address to the nation on September 9, and Kate Middleton became the first Princess of Wales after Princess Diana.
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Last month, a touching photo of the new king was released, showing him working hard at Buckingham Palace with the famous red box of documents in need of his attention.
In a scene often associated with Queen Elizabeth, King Charles sits at a desk and sorts through daily mailings of papers from leaders across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.
Behind Charles was a black and white photo of his late parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The couple gave it to King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth, at Christmas 1951, the last holiday season before his death in February 1952.