Charles, Camilla Send 1st Christmas Card as King, Queen

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King Charles III is sending his first Christmas playing cards as monarch with a photograph taken days earlier than he took the throne.

The image of the sovereign, 74, and Queen Consort Camilla was taken on the Braemar Video games in Scotland by photographer Samir Hussein on September 3. Charles is in focus, carrying a tweed jacket and vest with a pink, inexperienced and gold-striped tie. Camilla, 75, smiles at him whereas carrying a inexperienced coat with a pink tartan lapel.

The picture is an in depth up, so recipients don’t get to benefit from the monarch’s inexperienced tartan kilt, which he accessorized with pink knee-high socks and black sneakers.

“Wishing you a really Blissful Christmas and New 12 months,” the festive greeting card reads.

Charles and Camilla Send 1st Christmas Card as King and Queen Consort
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The enjoyable Scottish outing, which they attended with Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, came about simply 5 days earlier than Charles grew to become king. He ascended instantly when his mom Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8. She was 96.

“I pay tribute to my Mom’s reminiscence and I honor her lifetime of service. I do know that her dying brings nice disappointment to so a lot of you, and I share that sense of loss, past measure, with you all,” Charles mentioned in his first speech as sovereign on September 9.

He continued, “Because the queen herself did with such dependable devotion, I too now solemnly pledge myself, all through the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the Constitutional rules on the coronary heart of our nation. And wherever it’s possible you’ll stay in the UK, or within the Realms and territories the world over, and no matter could also be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavor to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I’ve all through my life.”

One in every of Charles’ first actions as king was to declare the day of his late mom’s funeral, September 19, a financial institution vacation within the U.Okay. Because the longest-serving inheritor obvious in British historical past, the king was simply 3 when his mom grew to become queen at age 25 in June 1953.

Although he grew to become her successor instantly, Charles received’t have his official coronation till Could 6, 2023. The ceremony will “replicate the monarch’s position immediately and look in the direction of the long run, whereas being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” Buckingham Palace famous in a press launch when the date was introduced.

Preparations are already underway for the historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. St Edward’s Crown was faraway from the Tower of London, the place it was on show for the general public, in order that it may be adjusted as needed for the coronation.

Buckingham Palace introduced the crown was on the transfer by way of Instagram in December 2022. “As per custom, The King might be topped with St Edward’s Crown in the course of the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey. The King will even put on the Imperial State Crown in the course of the Service,” the palace famous.