Charles, Camilla Send the first Christmas card as a king, queen

Charles and Camilla send out the first Christmas card as the King and Queen Consort
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King Charles III sends his first Christmas cards as a monarch with a photo taken days before his accession to the throne.

The image of the sovereign, 74, and Queen Consort Camilla was taken by the photographer at the Braemar Games in Scotland Samir Hussein on 3rd September. Charles is in focus, wearing a tweed jacket and waistcoat with a red, green and gold striped tie. Camilla, 75, smiles at him while wearing a green coat with red tartan lapels.

The photo is a close-up so recipients can’t enjoy the monarch’s green tartan kilt, which he accessorized with red knee-high socks and black shoes.

“I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” reads the festive greeting card.

Charles and Camilla send out the first Christmas card as the King and Queen Consort
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The fun Scottish outing they took part in Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, took place just five days before Karl became king. He immediately rose to prominence when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8th. She was 96 years old.

“I pay tribute to my mother’s memory and honor her life of service. I know her passing is a source of great sorrow to so many of you, and I share this sense of loss beyond measure with all of you,” Charles said in his first speech as sovereign on Sept. 9.

He continued: “As the Queen herself has done with such unwavering devotion, I solemnly pledge myself to uphold the constitutional principles in the heart of our nation during the remaining time that God grants me. And wherever you live in the UK or in the kingdoms and territories around the world, and whatever your background or beliefs, I will endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I mean it have done all my life.”

One of Charles’ first acts as king was to declare the day of his late mother’s funeral, 19 September, a bank holiday in Britain. As the longest-serving heir in British history, the king was just three years old when his mother became queen aged 25 in June 1953.

Though he immediately succeeded her, Charles will not have his official coronation until May 6, 2023. The ceremony will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the future while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry,” Buckingham Palace noted in a press release when the date was announced.

Preparations for the historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London are already underway. St Edward’s Crown was removed from the Tower of London where it was on display to the public so that it could be adjusted for the coronation if necessary.

Buckingham Palace announced via Instagram in December 2022 that the crown was on the way. “Traditionally, the King is crowned with St Edward’s Crown during the coronation service at Westminster Abbey. The king will also wear the imperial state crown during the service,” the palace noted. Charles, Camilla Send the first Christmas card as a king, queen

Jaclyn Diaz

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