King Charles to mark Coronation with iconic photo of his mother

King Charles III’s Coronation will begin with the Royal Family taking part in a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6. A concluding balcony appearance is scheduled to take place at the Palace afterwards, mirroring the same timeline of events that unfolded for Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953. 70 years on, a royal historian has suggested the touching way that Charles will mark the poignant occasion in his own home, Clarence House.

Speaking exclusively to, royal commentator and LGBTQ+ Historian, Mok O’Keeffe (@gayaristo) said: “For many of us, the Coronation of King Charles III is an excuse to get out the bunting and dust down our poshest tea service.

“And we must remember that while the Royal Family may live in opulent castles and palaces, they too will have their own private quarters, which we can anticipate will reflect their excitement at Saturday’s Coronation.”

There’s no doubt that both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle will be prepared for the long-anticipated event, but the extent to which they will be decorated is likely minimal.

However, according to Mok, there’s a high chance that members of the Royal Family will mark the occasion in smaller ways in their own homes.

And when it comes to King Charles’s private London residence, Clarence House, it will be more sentimental than decorative.

The historian explained: “King Charles III has always led the way in sustainability, so it is unlikely that he will decorate his private office with imported plastic tat.

“If we look at the manner in which he is re-using fabric and previous regalia for the Coronation –  in a royal nod to make do and mend – he is likely to favour personal mementoes of his mother’s Coronation.

“The iconic Cecil Beaton photograph of the late Queen will surely have pride of place on his mantlepiece.”

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While the famous photograph captured a poignant moment of Charles’s mother, almost 70 years go to the day, the historian noted that it also “encapsulates the grandeur of monarchy and its place in history”.

The photographer, Cecil Beaton was chosen to take the official photographs of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, and he captured this specific image inside Buckingham Palace.

According to the Royal Collection Trust, the portrait was done after the Queen and other members of the Royal Family had returned from the service.

The Trust explained that Beaton’s Coronation photographs differed greatly from those taken for the Coronations in 1911 and 1937 as he rejected the static line-ups of members of the Royal Family.

Instead, he staged a much more dramatic scene with added glamour. The photographer achieved this by photographing the young Queen against a painted backdrop of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey.

In the image, the late Queen can be seen holding the orb and sceptre while wearing the Imperial State Crown.

Dressed in Coronation Robes and the Coronation Gown designed by Norman Hartnell, Elizabeth II was photographed in various poses during the sitting.

According to an expert at the Royal Collection Trust, the use of the profile pose provides “a sense of tradition and continuity”, for rulers through the ages who have appeared in profile on coins, medals and stamps.

They added that the photographs encapsulate the sentiment expressed by Winston Churchill who was the Prime Minister at the time of the 1953 Coronation.

He famously described Elizabeth as “the gleaming figure whom Providence has brought to us in times when the present is hard and the future veiled”.

Having previously captured a number of royal weddings, the society snapper captured the images in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace last month, according to a statement from the palace.

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