Stunning photo of young Queen Elizabeth released as royal mourning period ends

A beautiful new photograph of the late Her Majesty the Queen has been released.

In the black and white picture is a young Queen Elizabeth looking up at the camera.

The portrait was taken by Dorothy Wilding, and was the first official sitting of the late monarch after she took the throne.

The release of the photo comes as the Royal Family return to their duties today, Tuesday 27 September.

Flags at royal residences were at half-mast until 8am on Tuesday, when they were raised back to full-mast, while the Prince and Princess of Wales will visit the nation for the first time since taking up their titles.

After the death of the Queen on September 8, the royal family only carried out official duties where appropriate, and its members dressed in black as a mark of respect when in public.

From Tuesday they are carrying out their normal official roles in full after observing the seven-day period of mourning.

William and Kate will spend the day travelling the length of Wales, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, and then travelling to Swansea in South West Wales.

The royal couple had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity following the death of the Queen, and return hoping to begin “deepening the trust and respect” they have with the people of Wales.

The last official visit the pair made to Wales was as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cardiff Castle in June, where rehearsals for the Platinum Jubilee concert were taking place.

Charles carried out one official engagement during royal mourning, holding a telephone audience with the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on Thursday evening, the eve of his tax-cutting mini budget.

The Prince and Princess of Wales praised volunteers and operational staff they met at Windsor that day, for their efforts at events surrounding the Queen’s committal service.

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A few days on from her service, a photograph of Her Majesty’s chapel stone was released as her name was added alongside her father’s, King George VI, her mother’s, Queen Elizabeth The Queen’s Mother, and her late husband Prince Philip’s.

A new ledger stone was installed at the Queen's final resting space, replacing the old stone that had just George VI and Elizabeth's name inscribed in gold lettering.

The Duke of Edinburgh was moved to the chapel from the Royal Vault to be beside his wife.


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