King Charles III’s first Christmas card as monarch was released this week, featuring the monarch himself and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla.
The heartwarming photo was reportedly captured just five days before Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 3, 2022. The festive photo had a hidden message.
It was taken at the Bremer Games, a royal favorite since September 1848 when Queen Victoria first attended. The mother of Britain’s new monarch was also known to be a huge fan of the Games and was always seen in incredibly high spirits whenever she attended.
Notably, the Christmas card photo marked the first time Charles had been attended by his mother. 2022 was the first time she was unable to attend in her 70-year reign.
The image was probably chosen to reflect this transition – and to demonstrate Charles’ desire to continue the traditions set by his mother.