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Harry, Andrew, Beatrice and Eugenie absent from coronation photo as King vows ‘rededication to service’

The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were nowhere to be seen in a portrait released by the Royal Family to mark the end of the coronation period.

The portrait, taken at Buckingham Palace in the hours after the coronation on Saturday, features only the adult “working royals” amid speculation that the King could seek to pursue a trimmed-down monarchy.

King Charles and Queen Camilla are at the centre alongside the Prince and Princess of Wales, joined by the Princess Royal and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.

Minor royals featured include three cousins of the late Queen, Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

But there was no sign of Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who jetted back to California immediately after the ceremony. Prince Andrew who stepped down as a working royal over his friendship with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is also not featured – neither are Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who are not considered working royals.

In a letter released alongside the photo, the King said he and Queen Camilla would “rededicate our lives” to serving the people after the coronation.

A coronation message by King Charles III, signing his words Charles R, said he and Camilla gave ‘our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion’ (Photo: Buckingham Palace)

He said: “As the coronation weekend draws to a close, my wife and I just wanted to share our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion.

“We pay particular tribute to the countless people who have given their time and dedication to ensuring that the celebrations in London, Windsor and further afield were as happy, safe and enjoyable as possible.

“To those who joined in the celebrations – whether at home, at street parties and lunches, or by volunteering in communities – we thank you, each and every one.

“To know that we have your support and encouragement, and to witness your kindness expressed in so many different ways, has been the greatest possible coronation gift, as we now rededicate our lives to serving the people of the United Kingdom, the realms and Commonwealth.”

Traditional official portraits released on Monday also depict 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 King and Queen (Photo: Hugo Burnand/Royal Household 2023)
(Photo: Hugo Burnand/Royal Household 2023)
(Photo: Hugo Burnand/Royal Household 2023)

Festivities continued on the Monday bank holiday with the Big Help Out, which is billed as a lasting volunteering legacy to mark Charles’s coronation.

The King and Queen did not appear publicly on Monday, but other royals were out and about, with the Waleses helping to renovate a Scout hut in Slough.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visited the Coptic Orthodox Church in London where young volunteers hosted a coronation street party, while the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh took part in a puppy class at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Training Centre in Reading.

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