On Sunday night, snow fell in London, making it look like a Christmas card. This was the perfect time for Buckingham Palace to release the first royal Christmas card of King Charles III’s reign.
The picture was taken by Sam Hussein at the Braemar Games in Scotland on September 3, five days before Queen Elizabeth II died and while Charles was still Prince of Wales. It was chosen by the King and Camilla, Queen Consort.
It includes the couple taking a gander at one another, with the King in profile wearing a beige suit and striped tie and Camilla wearing a green cap and coat.
This year, the Queen did not attend the Braemar Games. After 70 years on the throne, Britain’s longest-serving monarch passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.
The Queen, who typically spent the holiday season at Sandringham, her country estate in rural Norfolk, approximately 100 miles north of London, will be absent from the royal family for the first time this Christmas.
After Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex criticized the “unconscious bias” within the royal family in the first episode of a Netflix documentary series that was released on Thursday, it has been a turbulent few weeks for the monarchy.
After an honorary aide resigned and apologized following complaints that she repeatedly asked a Black British charity boss where she was “really from,” that documentary followed serious allegations of racism within the palace walls.