King Charles pictured with his red box as he carries out official duties for first time | Royal | News

King Charles III was photographed with his red box for the first time. In a carefully arranged photograph taken last week, the King can be seen exercising official government at Buckingham Palace.

The red boxes contain papers from UK government ministers and realms as well as Commonwealth officials. Documents in a locked red mailing box are sent from the office of the private secretary to the king wherever he is in the world. These include documents that require a signature, briefing materials, and information about upcoming meetings.

In the photo, King Charles III is seated at a desk with papers, including one tied with a ribbon, next to him. A black and white photograph of the end Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh is also depicted. It was given to King George VI for Christmas in 1951 by the couple.

The image is reminiscent of one of the late Queens in her shipping box at Balmoral in 1972. The Queen’s reign spanned many British governments under 14 Prime Ministers and dozens more in the Commonwealth. She received weekly briefings from the Prime Minister at the time, and dozens of government documents passed through her desk each week for formal approval.

Barrow Hepburn & Gale said the role of the boxes had not changed for over a century. He added: “There are two possible reasons why the shipping box has become the iconic red color.

“The widely accepted reason relates to Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who is said to have preferred the color as it was widely used in the arms of his family, the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

“However, there is a school of thought whose origins can be traced back to the late 16th century, when Queen Elizabeth I’s representative, Francis Throckmorton, presented the Spanish Ambassador, Bernardino de Mendoza, with a specially designed red briefcase. built filled with black pudding.

“This was considered an official communication from the Queen and therefore the color red became the official state colour.”

The photo was released as a new poll found support for the monarchy increased after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 at Balmoral on September 8.

Almost half of those polled by Ipsos on Tuesday and Wednesday said the UK would be worse off if the monarchy was abolished. Less than a quarter said the country would be improved as a republic.

The poll of 1,000 adults found 47% of those polled said the UK would be worse off without a monarch, compared to 42% who said the same shortly after the Platinum Jubilee in June.

Only 22% said abolishing the monarchy would make the country a better place, the same proportion as in February and down slightly from 23% in June.

Looking further ahead, support for a republic has increased slightly from 15% in March 2018, while support for a monarchy continues to fluctuate around 45%, according to the poll.

Opinion on the monarchy is more divided among 18-34 year olds.

Only 33% of young people think the country would be worse off without a monarch, while 32% think the country would be better off and 26% think it would make no difference.

Despite this ambivalence, a majority of the public now believe the monarchy will last another half century.

Some 56% of people now expect the monarchy to last at least another 50 years, up from 45% in March 2022.

The proportion saying Charles III will make a good king rose from 49% to 61%, closer to levels of support for the Prince of Wales, with 72% expecting to do a good job as king when the time comes.

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