King Charles gets back to work after the death of Queen Elizabeth as he is pictured with the iconic red box

Amid his grief, King Charles III is getting on with his duties as the new monarch.

In a photograph released by Buckingham Palace, he sits at a gilded desk and reaches across to important papers, one tied with ribbon, in an open red box beside him.

It is the first time he has been pictured carrying out official government duties.

Red boxes, made by luxury British leather goods company Barrow Hepburn & Gale, contain papers sent by officials from the UK and beyond, some of which require a signature.

They also hold briefing documents and information about forthcoming meetings.

Camera IconRed boxes, made by luxury British leather goods company Barrow Hepburn & Gale, contain papers sent by officials from the UK and beyond, some of which require a signature. Credits: Pole/Getty Images

The photograph shows the King apparently deep in concentration in the Eighteenth Century Room at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

In the background, there is a framed black and white photo of his parents, which they gave to George VI for Christmas in 1951.

The Queen received red boxes on every day of her reign, including on weekends, but not on Christmas Day.

Meanwhile Australian political leaders have honored the life of Queen Elizabeth II during the first sitting of federal parliament since the monarch’s death.

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