Royal waxworks ranked as new King Charles figure unveiled ahead of coronation

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Royal waxworks of King Charles III and Prince William
A new wax figure of King Charles has been unveiled in Sydney (left), but there have been some questionable royal waxworks over the years, such as this one of Prince William (right). (Getty Images)

A new waxwork figure of King Charles III has been unveiled ahead of his coronation in London on Saturday.

The waxwork was made by London’s Madame Tussauds for the Sydney outpost of the museum, and sees His Majesty in a grey suit with a purple tie, with his hands clasped behind his back.

The impressively accurate waxwork took nine months to make.

“Each hair was individually inserted into his head, and there are thin layers on layers of paint for skin,” Madame Tussauds operations manager, Mikayla McGlone, said in a statement.

King Charles waxwork in Sydney
The King's waxwork has been unveiled to celebrate his coronation. (Getty Images)

The Sydney wax museum already boasts figures of the Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales as well as Prince Harry.

It comes after a new figure of Camilla, Queen Consort was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London last week to celebrate the coronation.

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The figure sees Camilla wearing a replica of the late Queen’s Belgian Sapphire Tiara and matching George VI Sapphire necklace.

While both of these wax figures bear a rather uncanny likeness to their muse, some other wax figures have not fared quite as well.

Here are the best (and worst) waxworks of the Royal Family:

The best wax figures of the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II - 2012

Queen Elizabeth II waxwork
It really is an uncanny resemblance. (Getty Images)

Unveiled for the late Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, this waxwork at Madame Tussauds in London looks like a picture of the Queen herself.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla

King Charles III and Queen Camilla waxworks
Charles now had a brand new Camilla waxwork by his side just in time for the coronation. (Getty Images)

While this version of Charles is questionable, Camilla’s new wax figure - created to mark the coronation - bears some striking similarities.

Princess Diana - 2005

Princess Diana waxwork
The hair is spot on. (Getty Images)

This wax figure of the late Princess Diana at London’s Madame Tussauds gets her hair and eyes just right.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle waxwork
Prince Harry will forever be reaching for something in his pocket. (Getty Images)

Shortly before their wedding in May 2018, waxworks of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were unveiled at London’s Madame Tussauds.

Perhaps they could use Meghan’s waxwork at the coronation in place of the real deal?

Prince William - 2005

Prince William waxwork
Is a young Prince William in the room with us? (Getty Images)

Just after William and Kate graduated from St Andrews University, a wax figure of a twenty-something William was unveiled at London’s Madame Tussauds - and had women flocking to it to give it a kiss.

The Prince and Princess of Wales - 2012

Kate Middleton and Prince William waxwork
Kate's hair is on point. William's? Not so much. (Getty Images)

Wearing replica outfits of what they wore to announce their engagement, London’s Madame Tussauds revealed these waxworks of William and Kate nearly a year after their April 2011 wedding.

The worst wax figures of the Royal Family

Prince William - 2011

Prince William waxwork
Passable at best. (Getty Images)

This figure of William was unveiled at the ​​Stephen Friedman Gallery in London in 2011, shortly after he and Kate had announced their engagement.

Prince William and Kate Middleton - 2023

Kate Middleton Prince William waxwork
This waxwork was labelled 'creepy' by social media users. (Getty Images)

These waxworks of the Prince and Princess of Wales found inside the Polonia Wax Museum in Krakow, Poland went viral earlier this year as social media users called them “creepy”.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip - 2022

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip waxwork
Prince Philip who? (Getty Images)

Following the late Queen’s death in September last year, these waxworks of Her Majesty and the late Prince Philip went on display at the i-City Red Carpet wax museum in Selangor, Malaysia. We’re not quite sure what Philip they used as a reference but it certainly wasn’t the prince.

Charles and Princess Diana - 1981

Prince Charles and Princess Diana waxwork
This could maybe pass as Charles, but Diana? No. (Getty Images)

Following the wedding of the then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana, London’s Madame Tussauds unveiled this waxwork of the pair. Let’s just say their techniques have improved over the last 40-or-so years.

Queen Elizabeth II - 2022

Queen Elizabeth II waxwork
We finally know what was under all of those hats. (Getty Images)

There appears to be something missing in this waxwork of the late Queen, which sits in Germany’s Panoptikum museum, but we can’t quite put a hat on it…

Princess Diana - 2013

Princess Diana waxwork
This is Princess Diana, apparently. (Getty Images)

We don’t know who this is at the wax museum at Stadthaus in Mannheim, Germany, but it surely isn’t Princess Di.

Queen Elizabeth II - 2022

Queen Elizabeth II waxwork
Who is this Queen and why have we never met her? (Getty Images)

If there’s one thing every waxwork of the late Queen should include, it’s the hairstyle she kept for the last 70 or so years of her life. This figure in Turkey’s Yilmaz Buyukersen Wax Sculptures Museum is not it.