King Charles seen at work in 1st photo with official red box containing documents


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King Charles IIIThe 73-year-old was already hard at work as the new monarch, in a new photo released on Friday. The son of the deceased Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept. 8, sat at a desk at Buckingham Palace as he reached for the official red box containing documents that needed his attention, in the photo taken on Sept. 11. The box contains the daily shipments of documents from ministers in the United Kingdom and other places such as Canada and Australia, where he is also king. It may also contain documents from representatives of the British Commonwealth and other countries around the world.

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King Charles with the red box. (Victoria Jones/WPA Pool/Shutterstock)

A caption for the photo, which was posted on the Royal Family’s official Instagram account, talked about the significance of the Red Box, and additional photos of the Queen with her red boxes over the years were also attached to the post. “The red box of His Majesty the King 🧰. The red box contains documents from government ministers in the United Kingdom and the Realms and from representatives from the Commonwealth and beyond,” the caption reads.

“The documents are sent from the Privy Secretary’s office to the King, wherever his residence is, in a locked red despatch box,” he continues. “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth received red boxes, which were made at her coronation in 1952, almost every day of her reign, including weekends and holidays, but excluding Christmas.”

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King Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, wave to the audience. (ANL/Shutterstock)

The king was dressed in a historical photo suit and had a framed black and white photo of his parents placed behind him on a table. He was in the eighteenth century room of the palace and appeared right at home while arranging the papers.

Just two weeks ago, Charles was named King of the United Kingdom after the Queen died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. He was elevated to the throne in an elaborate, centuries-old accession ceremony that took place at St James’s Palace and was broadcast live for the first time. The queen was laid to rest with her parents and husband, Prince Philipwho died last year on September 19.



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