Official coronation photographs released

Images of The King, Queen and Royal Family mark the historic event

Buckingham Palace has released the official photographs from the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

The photographs were taken by Hugo Burnand, who had previously snapped Their Majesties’ wedding photographs in 2005 and the wedding photographs of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

The state portrait of The King. (Buckingham Palace)

The first portrait of The King shows him sitting in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace and is wearing the Robe of Estate, the Imperial State Crown, also holding the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre.

His Majesty is seated on one of a pair of 1902 throne chairs that were made for the future George V and Queen Mary for use at the Coronation of Edward VII. These throne chairs were also used in the background of the 1937 Coronation of George VI and Elizabeth, and last year sat in by Charles and Camilla at Westminster Hall to receive addresses from the Speakers of both Houses of Parliament.

The official portrait of The Queen. (Buckingham Palace)

The first official portrait of Her Majesty shows her in The Green Drawing Room and is wearing Queen Mary’s Crown and Robe of Estate.

She stands, hands clasped, smiling at the camera over the skirt of her personalised coronation gown.

A joint portrait of Their Majesties. (Buckingham Palace)

The third image released by Buckingham Palace shows Their Majesties in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Stood together, appearing to have their arms around one another, the couple look relaxed.

Working members of the Royal Family with Their Majesties. (Buckingham Palace)

The final image shows working members of the Royal Family, pictured alongside Their Majesties in the Throne Room, the Robes of Estate trailing out front.

From left to Right, we can see 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, and The Duke of Edinburgh.


Princess Alexandra looks noticeably frail, being supported by Prince Edward and Sophie; the Princess is 86.

Alongside the photos, we will also see official state portraits painted of The King and Queen, as well as images of the ceremony and procession crafted by some of the UK’s best artists.

The Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the coronation

Accompanying the photographs was a message from His Majesty reflecting on the Coronation weekend, where expressed both his and his wife’s ‘most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion’.

He paid ‘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’.

‘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’.

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