King Charles’ sweet touch at home shows the Queen’s still very much in his thoughts

King Charles had a very special family detail on display at Clarence House during his meeting with King Felipe of Spain...

King Charles' sweet touch at home is a nod to the Queen, seen here side-by-side on different occasions
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King Charles’ sweet touch at home during a significant visit shows that Queen Elizabeth is still very much in his thoughts. 

The British Royal Family are known for their strong bonds with the royal families of Europe, with Danish Queen Margrethe praising the “enormous impression” the Queen made on her growing up and many Queen Maxima of the Netherlands once joining them for the Remembrance Sunday Service. 

Now His Majesty has received King Felipe VI of Spain at Clarence House for the first time since ascending to the throne. And King Charles’ sweet touch at home shows the late Queen Elizabeth is very much in his thoughts during this major occasion. 

King Charles III receives King Felipe VI of Spain in the Morning Room

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In photographs taken at King Charles and King Felipe’s meeting on November 21, a few sweet family snaps can be seen on display. On both sides of the room, behind the two royal, there are two stunning wooden console tables. Carefully positioned on each are two adorable pictures, one featuring the King himself. 

Whilst it’s a little challenging to make out the finer details, the one on the right shows King Charles holding his eldest grandchild, Prince George, at his christening back in 2013. In contrast, the other looks to be of the Queen - and it’s not a recent photo. 

Close-up of family picture on display as King Charles III receives King Felipe VI of Spain in the Morning Room

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Although the exact time and date this heartfelt picture was taken aren’t known, it appears to show a young Queen with her sister Princess Margaret. Several photos similar to this have been seen over the years, including snaps of them side by side at the Royal Lodge in Windsor the year before the Queen and Prince Philip married

King Charles’ sweet home touch, having this special photo on display is a lovely nostalgic nod to his beloved mother, as well as to his aunt. Taken in black and white, the choice of an old photo rather than a more recent one could suggest a certain amount of reflection in these months since Her Majesty’s passing.

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret

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Whatever the reason for the decision or the possible cherished memories associated with the photo, it was likely very carefully selected to be there. It’s not unusual for members of the Royal Family to have certain special photos on display behind them during important meetings or when delivering significant messages. 

Just last month, Kate Middleton’s fall home makeover was revealed in a video message and behind her as part of this were three family snaps all taken in the autumn months. Meanwhile the late monarch also displayed meaningful pictures in her official rooms including one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement portrait and the Queen's unseen photo of her great-grandchildren

Queen Elizabeth II presents English concert organist Thomas Trotter with the Queen's Medal for Music

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Occasionally during the Queen’s reign different pictures were spotted on display, perhaps suggesting that they are switched up periodically. However, with the Queen’s death still being deeply felt by her nearest and dearest and with His Majesty preparing for his first Christmas as monarch and without her, King Charles’ sweet touch to include a nostalgic one of her couldn’t be more heart-warming.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!