Charles and Camilla appear remarkably collected in a new set of portraits taken during a pause before next weekend’s pomp and pageantry.
They posed in the fittingly named Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace – in coordinated outfits.
Charles chose a Savile Row suit from Anderson and Sheppard suit and Turnbull and Asser shirt.
Camilla opted for a royal blue crepe coat dress from British designer Fiona Clare, set off with pearl, sapphire and ruby earrings from Queen Elizabeth and a pearl necklace.
A Palace spokesman said the three new portraits of King Charles III and the Queen were taken last month by Hugo Burnand. He also took the couple’s wedding pictures in 2005.
The relaxed images released by Buckingham Palace last night show the King sitting in a giltwood and silk upholstered armchair which dates to 1829 and was supplied to King George IV to furnish Windsor Castle.
And the Queen rests on a giltwood and silk long-seated upholstered armchair dating back to 1812.
The chair was likely commissioned by King George IV when he was the Prince of Wales in the early 19th century.
Yesterday Charles attended the start of the Australian Legacy Torch Relay at Buckingham Palace. It marked the beginning of the London leg of the charity’s relay race in celebration of the centenary year of the veterans’ charity.
And, in a busy day, the King was also presented with a new royal horse and commemorative sword at Windsor Castle.
The ceremony marked his honorary appointment as commissioner-in-chief of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Charles met Canada’s High Commissioner Ralph Goodale for the handover.
They were greeted with a royal salute from four mounties who have arrived to participate in the Coronation procession.
RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme presented the King with a seven-year-old black mare called Noble, who will also take part in the parade. She replaces George, who was given to the late Queen in 2009, as the King’s charger horse – ridden in the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
Noble is a former member of The Musical Ride, a special unit of the RCMP whose officers, and their horses, tour Canada performing intricate formations and drills set to music.
Charles and Camilla visited the Musical Ride a year ago during the royal tour of Canada for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Superintendent Kevin Fahey, the officer in charge of the Musical Ride, described Noble as “incredibly bold” and “very calm”.
He explained that Noble was chosen both for her demeanour and her stature.
Referring to Charles’ visit to the RCMP stables in 2022, he said: “We pointed out the two horses to His Majesty, and he said,
‘Oh, they’re kind of tall’.We took that as a note to say perhaps we should be looking for a horse not quite as tall. And so we landed finally on Noble.”
As part of the ceremony, Commissioner Duheme also presented the King with a commemorative RCMP Officer’s sword.
The silver and black sword carries the Cypher and Coat of Arms of King Charles as well as the serial number MP 150-2023 on its spine. This signifies the RCMP’s 150th anniversary and the year of the Coronation.
Charles follows in the footsteps of his mother, who was appointed Commissioner-in-Chief of the RCMP to mark the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, becoming the first person to hold the title.
During the Coronation procession, five mounties will ride from the Royal Mews. Superintendent Fahy said: “I’m incredibly proud to represent not only our organisation but all of Canada.”
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