Hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic heroes including Tom Daley and Lauren Steadman gathered at Buckingham Palace for a reception with the King and Queen Consort last night.
More than 200 medallists who won gold, silver and bronze at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Winter Games were invited to the event to celebrate their incredible achievements.
And the King and Queen Consort were in the presence of an Olympian before their guests arrived as they were joined by silver medallist Princess Anne, as well as Prince Edward and the Duke of Gloucester.
The King and Queen Consort were joined by Charles’s siblings Princess Anne and Prince Edward, as well as the Duke of Gloucester
The King couldn’t help but smile as he shook the hand of Tom Daley, Olympic gold medallist for diving
It is the first time the three siblings have been pictured together since the Queen’s funeral last month – but notably Prince Andrew, no longer a working royal, was not present.
An animated King Charles was jovial and grinned, even appearing to punch the air, as he met the stars.
The King, 73, had a busy day of engagements which included his second weekly audience with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and a reception at the palace celebrating the 50th anniversary of the resettlement of British Asians from Uganda.
Yet the new monarch maintained his smile while greeting people throughout the day – and seemed unfazed by the looming air date of series five of Netflix series The Crown.
The Queen Consort wore a mauve crushed velvet dress as she chatted to Olympic medallists Laura Collett and Oliver Townend
The King shook hands with stars including Frazer Clarke (left) Imani Lansiquot and Sarah Storey at the reception
Frazer Clarke bowed his head as he shook hands with the King at the reception while Imani Lansiquot shared a joke with the Queen Consort in the background
Tom Daley, who won an Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in diving, chatted to the King with Jack Laugher and Mathew Lee
King Charles showed Buckingham Palace was back in action as he hosted the athletes at a reception on Wednesday. Pictured: The King chatting to Olympic medallists Jack Laugher and Mathew Lee
King Charles III meets Olympic medallists, from left, Eve Muirhead, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff at Buckingham Palace
The King shook hands with the medallists in the palace’s second reception of the day
The King had a chat with some sport stars at the palace as he welcomed them to the reception
The King appeared a little distracted as he chatted to some medallists
On Tuesday it emerged the series will have a four-minute depiction of Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir in 1995, which the Royal Family has heavily criticised.
After Lord Dyson’s independent review into the BBC panorama interview found Bashir had ‘acted inappropriately’ in obtaining it, Prince William delivered a scathing statement branding the incident ‘unethical’ as he begged media outlets never to broadcast it again.
Despite the revelation about the new series, both King Charles and the Prince of Wales have carried out their royal duties with smiles today.
Last evening they were joined by the Earl of Wessex, patron of the British Paralympic Association, and the Princess Royal, president of the British Olympic Association.
Members of the Team GB rowing team looked dapper in navy blue suits as they beamed for a photo at Buckingham Palace
David Smith, a Paralympic rower, smiled for a photo as he attended the reception at Buckingham Palace
Olympian Tom Daley, who won a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in diving, was there too
Lauren Steadman, a Paralympian who competes in swimming, the triathlon and who has also been a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, was pictured at the reception
Samantha Kinghorn, a world champion wheelchair racer from Scotland, wore a stylish blue dress and dogtooth blazer at the event
For the third successive summer Olympic Games, Team GB won more than 60 medals, with 64 in Japan, cementing its status as a leading force in world sport.
Paralympics GB finished second with 124.
Memorable moments included divers Daley and Matty Lee winning gold in the men’s synchronised 10m platform, while gymnast Max Whitlock retained his pommel horse title.
Dame Sarah Storey won three gold medals at Tokyo 2020 in cycling events, taking her tally of Paralympic golds to 17 and making her the most successful British Paralympian.
And Hannah Cockroft defended her Paralympic 800m T34 title to win her seventh title.
The postponement of Tokyo 2020 to the summer of 2021 meant a short six-month gap to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, where Team GB’s curlers did exceptionally well.
Eve Muirhead led the women’s curling team of Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds and Hailey Duff to gold, while Team GB men’s won silver.