The senior royals you won’t recognise in King’s Coronation pictures

Traditional portraits marking the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla have been released to mark the end of the historic occasion. It includes three images of the newly crowned couple and one portrait of senior working royals gathered together. However, while the features many familiar faces, such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, some of the working royals who appear may be less well-known.

The King is captured in his full regalia, wearing the Imperial State Crown, holding the Orb and Sceptre with Cross, and dressed in his regal purple tunic and Robe of Estate. In one image he appears seated on a Throne Chair in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Camilla is also pictured alongside the King, as well as in a solo portrait, wearing Queen Mary’s Crown, with the train of her lengthy embroidered Robe of Estate spread in front of her.

But it’s the fourth and final group picture that has sparked intrigue, as some senior royals aren’t quite as well known as others.

From left to right the image shows: 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.

Princess Anne, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, flank the king and queen in the photograph.

The Duke of Kent

They are joined by King Charles’s youngest brother Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.

Four fellow working royals appear alongside King Charles’s immediate family, including the Duke of Kent, in the images by Hugo Burnand.

They also appeared alongside the King and Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace before cheering crowds after Charles and Camilla were crowned on Saturday.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin. His father, Prince George, was King George VI’s younger brother.

His mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece, also making him a first cousin of Prince Philip.

Prince George, then Duke of Kent, died in a wartime flying accident near Caithness in Scotland while on active service in 1942. The title Duke of Kent then passed to the present Duke, according to Buckingham Palace.

When King George VI died in 1952, the Duke of Kent, who was then aged 16, walked in the procession behind the King’s coffin at the State Funeral.


A year later in 1953 he attended Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

A graduate of Sandhurst, the Duke of Kent served for 21 years in the Armed Forces with which he maintains close links today.

He has spent years fostering relations between Britain and Germany as well as being well known for his involvement in the Wimbledon Championships.

The Duke stepped down as president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 2021.

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The Duchess of Gloucester

The Duchess of Gloucester was born Birgitte Eva van Deurs Henriksen on June 20, 1946 in Denmark.

She is the younger daughter of the late lawyer Asger Preben Wissing Henriksen and his former wife, the late Vivian van Deurs.

When she was at Cambridge she met the future Duke of Gloucester, then Prince Richard of Gloucester, then an undergraduate in architecture at the world famous university.

She is connected to more than 60 organisations across the UK in areas including the arts, military, sport, health and education.

Some of the charities the Duchess works with are The Children’s Society, the Friends of St Paul’s Cathedral, Parkinson’s UK and Scottish Opera.

The Duke of Gloucester

After the death of his older brother, Prince William, in a flying accident on August 28, 1972, and the death of his father in 1974, Prince Richard succeeded to his father’s title, The Duke of Gloucester. He too is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

According to Buckingham Palace, he undertakes hundreds of official engagements as a working royal every year.

Many of the Duke’s patronages are linked to architecture and conservation, areas of particular interest to the Duke, who studied architecture at Cambridge.

He was elected a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1972 and is president of the Scottish Society of the Architect-Artists.

His fellowships include those of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

The Duke has travelled widely overseas in support of the organisations with which he is linked and first represented Elizabeth II overseas in 1970, at the wedding of Crown Prince Birendra of Nepal.

He has since attended the independence celebrations of the Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Vanuatu.

The Duke also represented Her Late Majesty at the funeral of King Tupou V of Tonga in 2012 and at the inauguration of Pope Francis in 2013.

He is also patron or president of charities and organisations, including St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the British Homeopathic Association.

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1973 before he was promoted in 1977 to lieutenant.

He served briefly as Navigating Officer on board the Royal Family’s much-loved yacht, the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is where it has been suggested he first met Princess Anne.

In the year Anne’s divorce from Captain Mark Phillips was finalised, the Princess Royal and Sir Tim married in a low-key ceremony near Balmoral on December 12, 1992.

Sir Tim did not receive a peerage after he married Anne, but Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2011.

At Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebration, Sir Tim was granted permission by the late Queen to appear alongside working royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour.

He has remained by Anne’s side on numerous occasions, including after Elizabeth II’s death in September last year when he travelled to London with the Princess Royal as the late monarch’s coffin was brought to London.

At King Charles’s Coronation, Sir Tim sat by his wife’s side in Westminster Abbey and appeared on the balcony with working royals at Buckingham Palace.

Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, is the second child and only daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Kent. She is the third first cousin of Elizabeth II to appear in King Charles’s official Coronation portraits.

Her brothers are the present Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.

She was the first British princess to go to an ordinary school, attending Heathfield School near Ascot from 1947.

At the age of 11, she was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth to then Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.

Princess Alexandra married Angus Ogilvy, the second son of the Earl of Airlie, on April 24, 1963, at a Westminster Abbey service attended by Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and other members of the Royal Family.

Princess Alexandra’s brother, the Duke of Kent, gave her away and her chief bridesmaid was Princess Anne, who was then aged 13.

She represented Elizabeth II at Nigeria’s independence celebrations in 1960 and since then has made official visits to countries including Hungary, Thailand, Brunei and the US.

The princess often represented the late Queen at remembrance events and joined other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in July 2015 for a special RAF flypast to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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