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Charles III and Camilla's first look as King and Queen

By Camille Santiago Published May 06, 2023 9:31 pm Updated May 06, 2023 10:04 pm

Newly crowned Charles III and Camilla stepped out of the balcony together as king and queen.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla were joined at the balcony of the Buckingham Palace by the 'working members' of the royal family including son Prince William, his wife Princess Kate, and their children. The family waved at fans who gathered to catch a glimpse of the newly crowned couple and witness the flypast over the palace.

Their Majesties each wore their Robes of Estate conserved by Ede and Ravenscroft.

Charles III's robe was originally worn by his grandfather King George VI in 1937. It is made of purple silk velvet material embroidered in gold.

He was seen holding a scepter in one hand and the “sovereign’s orb” in the other.

Camilla's robe, on the other hand, was designed originally for her by the Royal School of Needlework. Its train features themes of nature and the environment, the national emblems of the United Kingdom, and a tribute to His Majesty The King. 

To match the King's robe, the Queen's clothing piece also uses rich purple velvet with an embroidery of Her Majesty’s cypher.

Plants that hold special meaning to Queen Camilla are also featured in the robe, namely the Lily of the Valley, a favorite of the late Queen Elizabeth II and a flower featured in her wedding bouquet; Myrtle, which represents hope; and Delphinium, the birth flower of Camilla, as well as a favorite of the King, according to the Buckingham Palace.

Other symbols included in the robe are the Alchemilla Mollis, symbol of love and comfort; Maidenhair Fern, symbol of purity; and cornflowers, to represent love and tenderness. "The Cornflower also helps to attract and encourage wildlife such as bees and butterflies."

She wore this robe over her white coat dress, designed by Bruce Odfield, which is made of silk fabric and had gold and silver embroidery. 

King Charles III was crowned alongside her wife Queen Camilla on Saturday, May 6 in an eighth-century ritual at the Westminster Abbey in London.

Charles is Britain's first new monarch in 70 years.