King Charles pictured with official red box for the first time as he takes up royal duties

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King Charles has been pictured with his official red box in a photograph released by Buckingham Palace on Friday as he takes up his official duties.

The image was taken in the Eighteenth Century Room at Buckingham Palace last week.

In its background is a photograph showing Charles's late parents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Elizabeth, Britain's longest reigning monarch, died on 8 September aged 96.

The locked red despatch box is an image strongly associated with the British monarchy and one that the late Queen Elizabeth was regularly pictured with.

Per Buckingham Palace, the queen "received red boxes almost every day of her reign, including weekends and holidays, but excluding Christmas Day."

It contains papers from the British government and some Commonwealth countries which are sent to the monarch from the office of the private secretary.

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