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British Royals

The Coronation portraits that marked a moment in history

The Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla were marked by a series of official photographs which have become the historic portraits of the moment a new Monarch and consort were crowned.

Taken in Buckingham Palace by Hugo Burnand, the photos show King Charles and Queen Camilla in their regalia following the service.

The first photograph shows King Charles in full regalia in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace

His Majesty is wearing The Robe of Estate, The Imperial State Crown and is holding the Sovereign’s Orb and Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross.

His Majesty is seated on one of a pair of 1902 throne chairs that were made for the future King George V and Queen Mary for use at the Coronation of King Edward VII.

In another photograph, Her Majesty The Queen is pictured in The Green Drawing Room at the Palace. The Queen is wearing Queen Mary’s Crown and Robe of Estate.

A third photograph shows The King and Queen together in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

Finally, in the fourth official photograph, working members of The Royal Family joined Their Majesties for a portrait.

Captured in the image with The King and Queen are the Duke of Kent, the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, the Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, The King, The Queen, the Prince & Princess of Wales, the Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh, and Princess Alexandra.

Another moment of history was captured in a portrait showing the newly crowned King Charles III with his heir, The Prince of Wales, and the second in line to the throne, Prince George, who also acted as a Page of Honour at the Coronation.

Hugo Burnand/ Buckingham Palace

The full splendour of the royal party was also shown in a special portrait of King Charles and Queen Camilla with all their attendants at the May 6th 2023 ceremony.

Hugo Burnand/ Buckingham Palace

The portrait of King Charles III and Queen Camilla would later be used by Their Majesties for their Christmas card for 2023.