Royal Family Posed for Portrait Before Funeral

A new chapter. King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William Princess KateOn Saturday, October 1, a new royal portrait was unveiled. 

“Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort with Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales. This photo was taken at Buckingham Palace on 18 September by @chrisjacksongetty,” the royal family’s official Instagram wrote alongside the picture, which was taken the night before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 18. 

The photo shows the family While hosting world leaders, we were able to stand side-by-side in all-black mourning ensembles and still look great at Buckingham Palace.

This marks the second portrait to be released since the queen’s death. King Charles, 73, unveiled his first official photograph following his national address on September 9, one day after the royal matriarch’s passing. 

The photo shows the former Prince of Wales sitting at a desk in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, with a framed photograph of his mother to his left. The portrait was released in conjunction with his first speech as King. 

“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow,” the sovereign began his speech at the time. “Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen — my beloved mother — was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.”

Noticeably missing from Saturday’s family portrait are Prince Harry Meghan Markle, who were recently removed from the royal website. 

As of Wednesday, September 28, the website has the Duke and Duchess’ biographies listed at the bottom page, just above Prince Andrew — who was moved to the very last spot on the list.

The change came amid several updates on the website following the queen’s death. The official site removed Elizabeth from the list of living royals and also changed the order in which family members appear on the website.

Before the sovereign died, Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, were listed before the queen’s first cousins. Now, however, the rest of the the royal matriarch’s cousins are now above the Duke of York, 62, and the Sussexes.

In 2020, Harry & Meghan retired from their roles of senior royals and moved to America. Prince Andrew was also stripped of his HRH status in the midst of a lawsuit. Virginia GiuffreHe denied that he had sexually assaulted her while she was still underage. However, he maintained his innocence.

Despite their very different circumstances, Elizabeth’s second son and the Invictus Games founder have been treated similarly in regard to royal protocol, with neither being allowed to wear their military uniform at the queen’s state funeral on September 19.

Andrew was granted an exception to his uniform so that he could wear it with his siblings at the September 16 Vigil. Harry addressed the matter via his spokesperson. 

“[Prince Harry]He will wear a morning suit to events in honor of his grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a statement read on September 13.

Amid the backlash that game after news broke the Archewell founder wouldn’t be dressed in his official garb, Harry was then granted permission to wear the uniform when he joined all of Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s grandchildren for a vigil at Westminster Hall two days before she was laid to rest.