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King Charles III and Queen Camilla: Speech and new portrait published

King Charles III and Queen Camilla: Speech and new portrait published
King Charles III and Queen Camilla: Speech and new portrait published

The palace released a new portrait of King Charles in uniform. Queen Camilla gives a moving speech on Armed Forces Day.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla mark Armed Forces Day: In a video posted on Instagram, the Queen praised and thanked the British armed forces: “Our armed forces support and strengthen our nation. They are a source of inspiration, reassurance and pride – and I salute you all,” she said in a message filmed at Clarence House.

New portrait of King Charles

At the same time, the latest portrait of the monarch was also released for the occasion. In the picture, the king is wearing his “ceremonial frock coat of Field Marshal Number 1 with medals, sword and decorations,” as explained in the caption of the post. The photo was taken in November last year in the Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle by Hugo Burnand, a popular photographer of the royal family, who also took the official coronation photos.

The King and Queen travelled to Normandy, France, on 6 June to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings with world leaders.

In her message, Camilla recalled the “incredible bravery” of the troops who liberated Europe from Hitler’s regime. “Eight decades later, I know that the same spirit and qualities are still evident in our armed forces today, where you carry out your duties in the face of a multitude of challenges and dangers,” she said. “In doing so, you not only protect the British Isles, but defend freedoms far beyond these shores,” she added.

Queen Camilla also remembers her father

In her speech, the Queen also referred to her own upbringing and said to the soldiers: “I would also like to thank your families who keep the fire burning at home while you are deployed overseas. As the proud daughter of an army officer, I know the impact military life has on loved ones – you are heroes too,” said Camilla.

In the Clarence House room where the video was shot, there is a picture of the Queen’s parents at their wedding in 1946. In the picture, Camilla’s mother, then Rosalind Cubitt, poses with her father, Major Bruce Shand, in front of St. Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, London. Major Shand served with the 12th Lancers during the Second World War and was awarded the Military Cross in 1940. He was awarded another medal in 1942 for his service in North Africa. He was later taken prisoner during fighting in the same region. Camilla’s father died in June 2006 at the age of 89.

Source: Stern

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