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King Charles's tribute to Queen Elizabeth lacks emotional impact

King Charles's tribute to Queen Elizabeth draws criticism

By Web Desk
September 09, 2023

King Charles's recent tribute which consisted of a rather uninspiring portrait of his mother Queen Elizabeth is surrounding disappointment.

The photograph in question, captured by Cecil Beaton in 1968 within Buckingham Palace, a place Queen Elizabeth was never particularly fond of, depicts her in full regalia, wearing a half-smile that appears somewhat uncomfortable. 

This expression seems to convey her eagerness to shed the tiara, opting instead for one of her signature scarves and a leisurely walk with her beloved corgis.

King Charles's choice of this particular image has left many questioning its significance. 

It seems to fall short of capturing the essence of a woman whom former President Barack Obama once described as "a gift, not just for the United Kingdom, but for the world."

Criticism has arisen over the choice of a tribute picture for the late Queen and the content of Charles's statement marking the first anniversary of her passing and his accession to the throne. 

Many have questioned why a photograph of Queen Elizabeth, adorned with diamonds and engaged in interactions with world leaders, was not selected. 

Such images, which would capture her radiance and diplomatic role, were notably absent.

Instead, the chosen portrait featured the Queen in regal attire, with a somewhat uncomfortable expression, failing to convey the inner warmth and charm she was known for. 

Critics argue that the image lacked the emotional depth needed for a tribute of this significance.

King;s accompanying statement also faced criticism for its formal tone, which some felt fell short of the deeply personal tribute he delivered upon his mother's death. 

His words expressed gratitude for the support he and his wife, Camilla, have received, but they were perceived as somewhat detached from the profound grief felt by the nation.

Many have suggested that a more personal tribute, akin to his previous address, where he said, "To my darling mama, I want simply to say this: thank you," would have resonated better with the public.