Royal Family shares photos celebrating the Queen and King Charles’s bond – from the young Princess Elizabeth at her son’s Christening to walking hand-in-hand at the State Opening of Parliament

  • Royal Family Instagram account shared photos of the Queen and her son Charles
  • First photo shows the proud mother, then a princess, at her son’s christening
  • Other photos show her at her coronation and at the State Opening of Parliament
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

The Royal Family Instagram account has shared a selection of photos of the Queen with Prince Charles throughout her reign in a post marking the transition of power.

The photos show the mother and son at Prince Charles’s Christening, at the Coronation and at the state opening of Parliament. 

It was accompanied by a caption praising the sense of duty shared by the Queen and her heir. 

The Royal Family Instagram account has shared a selection of photos of the Queen with Prince Charles throughout her reign in a post marking the transition of power. The first photograph shows a young Princess Elizabeth with her son at his christening (pictured)

Another photo shows the Queen and Prince Charles walking hand-in-hand during the State Opening of Parliament in 2019

The photos were shared alongside a lengthy Instagram caption highlighting the Queen and Prince Charles’s shared sense of duty 

It reads: ‘[The Queen’s] commitment to a life of service became a guiding principle throughout her reign and was illustrated in the sheer volume of work which she undertook as Queen – from her early Commonwealth tours which lasted for several months at a time, to the many official engagements which she attended well into her final years.

‘In a letter written by King George VI to Princess Elizabeth shortly after her wedding, King George VI wrote of his confidence in her commitment to her Royal duties, saying, “I have watched you grow up all these years, with pride … and I can, I know, always count on you, and now Philip, to help in our work.”

‘In turn, The Queen said of her own son The Prince of Wales – now The King, “For Prince Philip and me, there can be no greater pleasure or comfort than to know that into his care are safely-entrusted the guiding principles of public service and duty to others.”

‘His Majesty The King has spent his working life serving the public through his patronages, with a particular focus on environmental causes and young people. His many duties in support of The Queen have included representing Her Majesty and the UK overseas, attending events including State Visits to the UK, the State Opening of Parliament and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.’

King Charles was formally proclaimed King during a ceremony yesterday, following the death of his mother the Queen aged 96

The third photo shows the Queen surrounded by her family at her Coronation. Her young children Anne and Charles stand proudly in front of their mother (centre) 

The Royal Family Instagram account is sharing a series of posts marking the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and all that she achieved. 

The first photograph, shared yesterday, shows the young Princess Elizabeth cradling her son at his christening. 

Seated on one side is her mother, the Queen Mother. On the other is her proud father King George VI. Prince Philip stands behind his wife and young son. 

The second photograph shows the newly crowned Queen surrounded by her family on the day of her Coronation in 1953. A young Prince Charles and Princess Anne stand in front of their mother.

The third and final photograph shows the Queen and Prince Charles walking hand-in-hand during the State Opening of Parliament in 2019.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, passes through Ballater

Most people stood in silence as the convoy passed through the village of Ballater, while others filmed the moment on their phones 

A sombre Princess Royal in a Bentley limousine behind the Queen’s hearse as it travels through Aberdeenshire to Edinburgh 

It comes as tearful well-wishers are pay a fond farewell to the Queen after her coffin left Balmoral accompanied by a sombre Princess Anne to begin a six-hour journey to Edinburgh, where she will lie in state.

As bright sunshine broke through the morning mist, the hearse carrying the late monarch passed through the gates of her beloved Highland home, with the gentle rush of the River Dee one of the few sounds that could be heard as a small gathering of local people watched on in silence.

Minutes later, the hearse passed through Ballater where villagers – many of whom knew the monarch personally – threw flowers onto the road. A hushed silence descended as people bowed their heads and the Lord Lieutenants from Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire stood to attention outside Glenmuick church.

Now with a single motorbike outrider leading the way and six vehicles following, the hearse is travelling at a stately pace through the stunning Aberdeenshire countryside, with Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence following directly behind in a state Bentley.

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla arrive at Bucking Palace on Friday after mourners laid flowers outside the royal estate

Prince Harry,the Duchess of Sussex, Prince William and Princess Kate look at floral tributes laid by members of the public on the Long walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday

Earlier, the Queen’s oak coffin – draped in the Royal Standard for Scotland – was carried in the hearse by six of the Balmoral estate’s gamekeepers after they were allowed time to say their last goodbye. The wreath is made up of flowers from the Balmoral estate including sweet peas – one of the Queen’s favourite flowers – dahlias, phlox, white heather and pine fir.

Following a 170-mile journey to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the coffin will rest overnight in the oak-panelled throne room. Proclamations will be read in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland devolved parliaments in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Tomorrow, Edinburgh will become the focus of national mourning, with the Queen’s coffin carried in a procession from the palace to St Giles Cathedral, where a Vigil of the Princes is expected to take place before it lies in state for 24 hours.

The Queen’s poignant final journey will eventually end at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where she will be buried alongside her beloved husband, Prince Philip, alongside her father, George VI, the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

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