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King Charles III

The historic photo taken in the last days of one reign that marked an important moment in a new reign

There was huge anticipation in 2022 when King Charles and Queen Camilla unveiled their first Christmas card since His Majesty became monarch.

Buckingham Palace released the image that featured on Their Majesties Christmas card early in December; it was taken by Sam Hussein at the Braemar Games on 3 September 2022.

It has an added poignancy as it was taken just a few days before Charles became King.

Their Christmas card, which was shared with close friends and family, read: “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.”

Photo by Sam Hussein/Buckingham Palace via Getty Images

A different card will be sent to the public who send Christmas wishes to Their Majesties.

However, it is the photo taken in Scotland, at the Braemar Games in the last days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, that has entered the history books as the first Christmas greeting of the UK’s first King in seven decades.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.