Prince and Princess of Wales accompany King and Queen consorts for family portrait

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The Queen’s formal period of mourning has officially ended, and the royal family is returning to work while maintaining an unified face. The King, the Queen Consort, and the Prince and Princess of Wales were photographed together in London on the evening of September 17, the day before the Queen’s burial, and right before the family’s banquet for world leaders at Buckingham Palace, on October 1.

The Waleses have seen significant changes over the past several weeks in both their personal and professional life, beginning with their relocation from Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor. In the same week that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis began their first year at Lambrook School in Berkshire, the news of the Queen’s passing came, and Prince William immediately released a statement paying respect to the late queen. “My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love,” he wrote in a widely shared message. “All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen. I will honour her memory by supporting my father, the King, in every way I can.”

William would inherit both his Scottish titles and the Duchy of Cornwall, while Charles announced in his first address as King that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would henceforth be known as the Prince and Princess of Wales. “With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given,” he told the British public. 

The Waleses have already visited Anglesey for the first time since earning their titles, visiting the people on September 27.  “The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people,” read the Kensington Palace statement.

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