Charles and his 'darling Mama': The late Queen and the new King's relationship in pictures

·Contributor, Yahoo Life UK
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The late Queen Elizabeth II and her heir, the new King Charles III, pictured at various moments throughout their life together. (Getty Images)
The late Queen Elizabeth II and her heir, the new King Charles III, pictured at various moments throughout their life together. (Getty Images)

The Queen gave birth to her first child, now King Charles III, on 14 November 1948 at Buckingham Palace, when she was 22 years old.

As her first born, eldest son and therefore heir to the throne, Her Majesty has always had a special bond with Charles.

Back in 2018, on the then Prince Charles' 70th Birthday the Queen delivered a powerful speech in celebration of her son's special day, which offered a hint at the strength of their relationship.

Her Majesty described her son as “passionate”, “creative” and as “a duchy original,” as she raised a toast to her heir in front of family, friends and members of European royalty at Buckingham Palace.

“It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday,” she said. “It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up. It is rather like – to use an analogy I am certain will find favour – planting a tree and being able to watch it grow.

"Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader — a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father," she continued. “Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative.

“So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original. To you Charles. To the Prince of Wales," she concluded.

And in his first address to the nation as King, the new monarch paid tribute to his "darling Mama" describing her “profound personal commitment” to the nation throughout her 70-year reign.

“To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you,” he said. “Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.”

From enjoying cherished childhood moments together at home at Buckingham Palace, to sharing a joke at much-loved events and offering support at more sombre official engagements, the mother/son duo have shared some special memories over the years.

Here's a look back over some of their most heartwarming pictures together.

The Queen bounces a newborn King Charles on her knee, in 1948. (Getty Images)
The Queen bounces a newborn King Charles on her knee, in 1948. (Getty Images)
The Queen holds her first born son on his Christening in 1948. (Getty Images)
The Queen holds her first born son on his Christening in 1948. (Getty Images)
The Queen with a baby Charles in 1949. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen with a baby Charles in 1949. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II helping Prince Charles with a camera in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland, 28th September 1952.  (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II helping Prince Charles with a camera in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland, 28th September 1952. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen and a young Charles watching a procession, during the visit of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, from the wall of Clarence House, in November 1950. (Getty Images)
The Queen and a young Charles watching a procession, during the visit of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, from the wall of Clarence House, in November 1950. (Getty Images)
The Queen laughs as her son Prince Charles plays in his toy car while at Balmoral in 1952.  (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen laughs as her son Prince Charles plays in his toy car while at Balmoral in 1952. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and his mother looking out of a window at Balmoral in 1952. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and his mother looking out of a window at Balmoral in 1952. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen with her eldest son at Windsor Great Park, during a polo match in 1956. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen with her eldest son at Windsor Great Park, during a polo match in 1956. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A youthful Prince Charles and his mother the Queen pictured together at their Windsor home in  are shown here at their Windsor home in 1969. (Getty Images)
A youthful Prince Charles and his mother the Queen pictured together at their Windsor home in are shown here at their Windsor home in 1969. (Getty Images)
The Queen crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales, during his investiture ceremony at Caernarvon Castle in July 1969. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen crowns her son Charles, Prince of Wales, during his investiture ceremony at Caernarvon Castle in July 1969. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The then Prince Charles plants a kiss on his mother's hand after she presented him with a prize at a polo match in Windsor. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The then Prince Charles plants a kiss on his mother's hand after she presented him with a prize at a polo match in Windsor in 1985. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The pair laugh as they watch competitors during the Braemar Gathering in September 2006. (Getty Images)
The pair laugh as they watch competitors during the Braemar Gathering in September 2006. (Getty Images)
The mother and son duo study one of the first copies of 'Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother, the official biography', in September, 2009. (Getty Images)
The mother and son duo study one of the first copies of 'Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother, the official biography', in September, 2009. (Getty Images)
The Queen presents her son with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on May 18, 2009. (Getty Images)
The Queen presents her son with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on May 18, 2009. (Getty Images)
The mother and son laugh whilst watching the children's sack race as they attend the 2012 Braemar Highland Gathering. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
The mother and son laugh whilst watching the children's sack race as they attend the 2012 Braemar Highland Gathering. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Charles kisses his mother on the cheek at the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma on June 27, 2017. (Getty Images)
Prince Charles kisses his mother on the cheek at the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma on June 27, 2017. (Getty Images)
A then Prince Charles supports his mother during the State Opening of Parliament in October 2019. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
A then Prince Charles supports his mother during the State Opening of Parliament in October 2019. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
The pair watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. (Getty Images)
The pair watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. (Getty Images)
The Queen and the now King Charles attend the Royal Company of Archers Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 30, 2022 in Edinburgh on July 1, 2022. (Getty Images)
The Queen and the now King Charles attend the Royal Company of Archers Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 30, 2022 in Edinburgh on July 1, 2022. (Getty Images)
In what appears to be the last image of the duo together, they appear after an Audience at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on July 12, 2022. (PA Images)
In what appears to be the last image of the duo together, they appear after an Audience at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on July 12, 2022. (PA Images)