First official photo of King and Queen Consort released alongside

First official photo of King and Queen Consort released alongside Prince and Princess of Wales | UK News

Buckingham Palace has released the first official photograph of the King and Queen alongside the new Prince and Princess of Wales.

The picture was taken at the palace as the monarch and his wife were joined by William and Kate to a reception for heads of state and official guests from overseas.

All four dressed in black, the event took place on Sunday 18 September – the night before The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

It has been described as the king’s first major state event and one of the largest gatherings of world leaders and global political figures the palace has ever hosted.

The photo highlights the support the Prince and Princess of Wales have given to the King and Queen in the weeks since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

In his tribute to his grandmother, Prince William said: “I will honor her memory by supporting my father the King in any way I can.”

The photo was taken at the reception, which had a high-profile guest list of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Royals from around the world.

US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron were among about 500 people in the palace’s main state rooms.

Dozens of Commonwealth country leaders and members of foreign royal families also attended the reception.

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The event took place on the last full day of the Queen’s Representation at Westminster Hall.

The photo was published on the day of confirmation The King will not attend COP27the UN climate conference in Egypt in November.

There was speculation that the king, who has been passionate about environmental issues, would attend the conference event in Sharm el Sheikh, making it his first trip abroad since becoming monarch.