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Buckingham Palace releases picture of King Charles at work
King Charles III - Photo. The Royal Family's official Twitter account

King Charles III has been pictured taking up his new state duties in Buckingham Palace for the first time, the Associated Press reported.

In the image the monarch is seen looking into his official red box which contains documents from the British Government and the Commonwealth

In a sign of royal continuity, the picture is taken in front of a photo of his late parents, Elizabeth and Philip, which the pair had gifted to King George VI in 1951 — the year before Elizabeth became queen.

During her own reign, Queen Elizabeth II was also regularly pictured with her official red box, which each monarch receives from their private secretary.

The image was taken in the Eighteenth Century Room at Buckingham Palace three days after Elizabeth died.

King Charles III is said to be ‘very aware’ of the living cost crisis – so much so that he is planning a ‘less expensive’ coronation ceremony than his mother’s.

The new monarch is also creating a ‘slimmed down’ working monarchy in response to the financial woes of Britain, according to reports.

King Charles to have ‘less expensive coronation’ amid living cost crisis

A royal source told the Mirror: ‘The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world.’

May and June 2023 are among the possible dates for the coronation ceremony.