‘A real love story’: King and Queen’s official portraits show their closeness and humour

Royal photographer Hugn Burnand has hailed Charles and Camilla’s “real love story” which has survived “so much”.


Charles and Camilla in their official coronation portrait (Image: Hugh Burnand/Royal Household 2023/PA)

The photographer who took official portraits of King Charles and Queen Camilla has said they share a “real love story” which has “survived so much”. Hugh Burnand took a series of Coronation photographs after Charles was crowned in Westminster Abbey and has reflected on being involved in such an important day.

Mr Burnand took a series of shots, including one of Charles and Camilla in their Coronation robes and crowns.

Discussing the image, he told OK! Magazine: “It’s a very formal picture, but what I hope you notice is that they’re so close, but with the sense of humour that they share as well as the responsibility of duty.

“When I see them together, I always feel that theirs is a real love story that has survived so much.”


Camilla in a solo portrait (Image: Hugh Burnand/Royal Household 2023/PA)


Charles and Camilla at the Coronation Concert in Windsor (Image: Getty)

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The former Tatler photographer has experience snapping members of the Royal Family, having captured the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 2011 as well as Charles and Camilla’s nuptials in 2005.

Charles, who was then Prince of Wales, met Camilla at a polo match in 1970.

They started dating, but the relationship ended when the prince went off to sea with the Royal Navy.

In 1973, Camilla married army officer Andrew Parker Bowles and the couple went on to have two children, Tom and Laura.

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Charles and Diana on their wedding day (Image: Getty)


Charles and Camilla marry at Windsor Guildhall (Image: Getty)

A recording of an intimate phone call between Charles and Camilla leaked in 1993, causing a major scandal at the time which has since been dramatised in the latest Netflix series of The Crown.

Charles and Diana, then Princess of Wales, divorced in 1996 with Camilla and Mr Parker Bowles’s 21-year long marriage ending in 1995.

In an interview for BBC One’s Panorama in 1995, Diana famously said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

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Diana’s coffin arrives at Northolt (Image: Getty)

In 2005, the couple wed at a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. It was followed by a blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Charles and Camilla celebrated 18 years of marriage in April days before they were crowned King and Queen at Westminster Abbey.

It came after the late Queen Elizabeth II said during her Platinum Jubilee that she wished Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles acceded to the throne.

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Camilla, Charles and Elizabeth II at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Image: Getty)

The official portraits marking the crowning of Charles III and Queen Camilla were released to round off the monarchy’s historic coronation.

Among them, the King was captured in his full regalia – wearing the Imperial State Crown, holding the Orb and Sceptre with Cross, and dressed in his regal purple tunic and Robe of Estate, seated on a Throne Chair in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

Camilla was pictured alongside the King, and also in a solo portrait, wearing Queen Mary’s Crown, with the train of her lengthy embroidered Robe of Estate spread in front of her.

The working royal family – the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Edinburghs, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Kent, the Gloucesters and Princess Alexandra – were also photographed stood with the King and Queen in the images by Mr Burnand.