King Charles III’s moving tribute to late mum Queen Elizabeth II in new official photo

King Charles III has paid a moving tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in a new official photograph released by Buckingham Palace.

The new King, 73, was pictured with his red box for the first time as he carried out his official duties dealing with papers from government ministers in the UK and the realms, as well as Commonwealth representatives.

Charles can be seen looking at the red box containing the papers as he donned a blue pinstripe suit, but in the background a subtle nod to his late mother can be seen.

It's a black and white photograph of the late Queen and Duke of Edinburgh that was given to the Queen's father, King George VI, for Christmas in 1951 by the couple.

Charles automatically became King on 8 September after the Queen "passed away peacefully" aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

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Since his mother's death, King Charles has had many responsibilities to undertake, including visiting Scotland, Ireland and Wales as the new Monarch.

He has also taken part in a number of official duties during the mourning period of the Queen, including processions of her coffin and a coffin-side vigil, before she was laid to rest on 19 September.

In his first address as Monarch to the UK's MPs last week, King Charles spoke of feeling "the weight of history" as he faces the daunting task of taking over from his mother.

On Monday last week, 1,200 people gathered to hear MPs from both parliamentary parties and peers give speeches at Westminster Hall – and the King was present too, with his Queen Consort Camilla at his side.

Speaking to those in attendance, Charles began: "As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history which surrounds us and which reminds us of the vital parliamentary traditions to which members of both Houses dedicate yourselves with such personal commitment, for the betterment of us all.”

The King went on to thank MPs and peers for their messages, saying: “I am deeply grateful for the addresses of condolence.”

He said the addresses “touchingly encompass what our late sovereign, my beloved mother the Queen, meant to us all”.

The royal family is still in a state of mourning up until next Monday, after the Queen's funeral on 19 September when she was finally laid to rest alongside the remains of her parents, King George VI and Elizabeth, Queen Mother, her late husband Prince Phillip and the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret.

They all now lie in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.


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