Buckingham Palace has released an image of the King and Queen Consort’s 2022 Christmas card.
The image, taken by award-winning photographer Sam Hussein, shows Charles and Camilla smiling at the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering. It is the couple’s first Christmas card since Charles became King.
The King is pictured from a side profile, dressed in a tweed suit with a red, green and beige tie, while the Queen Consort is wearing a green suit and matching hat with a pheasant motif, and pearl earrings.
The photo was taken on September 3, just days before the death of Queen Elizabeth.
During the event, Charles officially opened a new structure celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as he joined spectators at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park for the annual Highland Games event. His mother was not in attendance due to her declining health.
The King and Queen Consort will spend Christmas Day at Sandringham this year, marking a return to the traditional royal family Christmas on the Norfolk estate.
It follows a two-year break when the late Queen spent Christmas at Windsor Castle two years in a row, separated from her wider family due to the Covid pandemic.
Charles is also preparing to pre-record his first ever Christmas broadcast as monarch, when he is likely to reflect on the loss of his mother and her legacy.
Traditionally, members of the royal family sit down to watch the televised address when it airs after lunch, usually at 3pm.
Sandringham House has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs for more than 160 years, and now belongs to Charles.