A year of Charles III in pictures

Charles III in pictures: The new King’s reign has already seen some of the most momentous events in recent British history. As his first-year anniversary approaches, we look at some of the highlights so far…

  • After a record wait as Prince of Wales, Charles became King on September 8 
  • This followed the unexpected death of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral
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It been a momentous first year for King Charles III – and his subjects.

From the sudden death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, through the period of national mourning, the funeral, the Coronation and the hard task of establishing the first new monarchy for seven decades, we have seen an extraordinary 12 months.

And it is culminating now in a poignant return to Balmoral for Charles and the Royal Family – the home that means so much to them and where, on September 8, Elizabeth II died. And her son found himself King.


King for just one day, Charles looks moved as he reads the many messages left with well-wishers’ flowers outside Buckingham Palace September 9 2022

His Majesty King Charles III  and Camilla, Queen Consort receive addresses from both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall September 12 2022

King Charles walks with his mother’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard as it is carried into  Westminster Abbey for her State Funeral on September 19 2022

King Charles salutes the coffin of  his mother Queen Elizabeth II at the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor 


King Charles greets Rishi Sunak, the newly appointed Conservative Party leader and incoming Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace, October 25 2022. This is the King’s second month but he has already met two PMs

King Charles meets Prime Minister Liz Truss for their weekly audience on October 12

Acknowledging the huge public support at this time has been an important task for the new King and Queen. Particular thanks were owed to the people of Balmoral, where the Queen passed away, and Aberdeenshire. Here, Charles and Camilla attend a reception at Ballater  on October II


A warm greeting for Stella McCartney who was unsure if she was meant to curtsey before he pulled her in for a hug at a Buckingham Palace reception with Rishi Sunak ahead of Cop27, the environmental summit, on November 4 

King Charles stands beside an ancient oak tree in Windsor Great Park to mark his appointment as Ranger of the Park on November 11, 2022. He succeeded his father, Prince Philip, in the role

King Charles and Queen Camilla leave York Minster after a short service on November 9. The King had unveiled a statue of Queen Elizabeth II which was blessed  by the Archbishop of York, who is the second most senior Anglican bishop

King Charles cuts a dignified figure with the party leaders in the background for the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on November 13

King Charles and Queen Camilla host their first state visit . Here, they meet the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace on November 22

King Charles and Queen Camilla with Cyril Ramophosa. This is the first state visit by a South African president since 2010


King Charles and Queen Camilla attended a Diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, December 6 2022. Camilla is wearing the Belgian Sapphire Tiara

King Charles meets Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds at Wrexham football club on December 9. Reynolds and follow actor Rob McElhenney bought the club in 2021

King Charles shares a joke with the Wrexham players as he was introduced to them all by Phil Parkinson, the Wrexham Manager

King Charles and Queen Camilla lead the family out for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham 

January 2023 

King Charles and Queen Camilla visit Norbrook Community Centre on January 20 with Gareth Southgate, England manager who is an ambassador for Charles’s charity

Huge crowds greet their majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla when they visit Bolton Town Hall on January 20 2023. Here, they watch a performance from a polish folk dance group  

King Charles speaks with radio presenter, Selen Jordan at the Radio Colourful studio, during a visit of the Africa Centre in Southwark, January 26 

King Charles lights a candle with Queen Camilla at Buckingham Palace to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27 


King Charles and Queen Camilla visit Brick Lane, famous for its successive waves of immigration, on  February 8 

King Charles takes an interest in the grub at the Felix Project on February 22. Felix provides meals for vulnerable people in London

King Charles and Camilla attend a reception to mark the second anniversary of The Reading Room, a literacy project championed by the Queen  at Clarence House on February 23

February 20 – and King Charles III receives the hongi, a traditional Maori greeting from a New Zealander who is part of the Ukrainian contingent being trained in Wiltshire by British troops


King Charles and Queen Camilla with the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, Elke Buendenbender. This is Charles’s first foreign trip as King. Riots in France have caused a planned visit to  Paris to be postponed. Here they are pictured in front of the  Brandenburg Gate  on March 29

King Charles and Queen Camilla pose for photos at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin with the German president and his wife on March 29

Charles and  Camilla meet Lords of the Lost, Germany’s entry for 2023 Eurovision song contest in Hamburg on March 31

King Charles shakes hands with the many locals who turned out to see him in Hamburg 


King Charles shares a joke with actress and presenter Hannah Waddingham at this year’s Eurovision song contest in Liverpool on April 26 

King Charles III presents new Standards and Colours to the Life Guards of the Household Cavalry at Buckingham Palace on  April 27. The LIfe Guards are one of the oldest regiments, having accompanied King Charles III on his return from exile at the 1660  Restoration

King Charles is officially presented with ‘Noble, a horse given to him by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on April 28 


King Charles and Queen Camilla begin their journey from Buckingham Palace  to Westminster Abbey on May 6, Coronation day

A thoughtful looking Charles in the Diamond Jubilee State coach in the King’s Procession to the Abbey

Prince George follows, centre left, is a Page of Honour as his grandfather King Charles makes his way to the altar

Prince William kisses his father, King Charles III, newly crowned with the historic St Edward’s Crown 

King Charles III, wearing the St Edward’s Crown and holding the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove (R) and Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, during the Coronation Ceremony

King Charles III, now in the Imperial State Crown, waves to the crowds following his Coronation

King Charles III presents the Royal Victorian Order to members of the Royal Navy for their part in Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession. The ceremony took place on the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle on May 30

King Charles III and Queen Camilla try a bench for size at Hillsborough Castle on May 24. They are meeting pupils from a local primary school who have taken part in a competition to design Coronation Benches


King Charles III  takes a quick break to one of his favourite places – rural Transylvannia, where he owns a number of traditional dwellings. He is pictured walking down a street in the village of Valea Zalanului , now in Romania, on June 3

King Charles III, centre, wearing his Welsh Guards uniform, departs Buckingham Palace on horseback to attend his first Trooping the Colour on June 17. He is flanked by Prince William, left, Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, second left, and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, right

Baroness Amos sits next to King Charles III during a young people’s service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle to celebrate the Windrush 75th Anniversary, on June 22

Queen Camilla and King Charles III cheer their horse Desert Hero to victory in ‘The King George V Stakes’  on Royal Ascot Ladies Day, June 22

The King seems quite overcome at the victory of Desert Hero – a horse bred by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth

King Charles III speaks with TV reality actress Gemma Collins during the Animal Ball at Lancaster House to mark the 20th anniversary of wildlife conservation charity Elephant Family on June 28

King Charles and a masked Queen Camilla at Lancaster House to mark the 20th anniversary of wildlife conservation charity Elephant Family. This was founded by Camilla’s late brother, Mark Shand


King Charles III attends his Scottish ‘coronation’ on July 5. Here, he is presented with the Elizabeth Sword, part of the Honours of Scotland, by Olympic rower Katherine Grainger  during a National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh 

King Charles III is presented with the Crown of Scotland during the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication for King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and the presentation of the Honours of Scotland, at St Giles’ Cathedral on July 5, 2023

A relaxed portrait of family and monarchy combine. Queen Camilla stand with King Charles III, Prince William and Princess  Catherine following the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication 

King Charles III and Queen Camilla are seen at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden at St Ives during an official visit to Cornwall on July 13

King Charles III greets Joe Biden, President of the United States of America, in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle as part of a ceremonial welcome on July 10

King Charles III and Queen Camilla laugh at a pie made to look like the monarch at the Sandringham Flower Show on July 26

The pie in all its glory. Camilla deliberately brought her husband over to see the ‘resemblance’

King Charles III at the Sandringham Flower Show


King Charles III opens the 8 Doors Distillery in John O’Groats, Wick on August 2 – and assesses the wares…

King Charles III returning to Balmoral  on August 21 – a poignant visit to  the place of his mother’s death as the anniversary approaches. Charles is pictuerd as he is about to inspect a guard of honour from The  Royal Regiment of Scotland a long standing tradition

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