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King Charles III releases first Christmas card of his reign

<i>Jonathan Brady/AP</i><br/>The Christmas card is the first of King Charles III's reign.
Jonathan Brady/AP
The Christmas card is the first of King Charles III's reign.

By Issy Ronald, CNN

London looked like a picturesque Christmas card as snow fell on Sunday night — the perfect time for Buckingham Palace to release the first royal Christmas card of King Charles III’s reign.

Chosen by the King and Camilla, Queen Consort, the photo was taken by Sam Hussein at the Braemar Games in Scotland on September 3, five days before Queen Elizabeth II died and when Charles was still the Prince of Wales.

It features the couple looking at each other, with the King in profile wearing a beige suit and striped tie and Camilla wearing a green hat and jacket.

The Queen didn’t attend the Braemar Games this year. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died on September 8, aged 96, after 70 years on the throne.

This Christmas will be the first for the royal family without the Queen, who usually spent the holiday period at Sandringham, her country estate in rural Norfolk around 100 miles north of London.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for the monarchy after Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex criticized the “unconscious bias” inside the royal family in the first part of a Netflix documentary series released on Thursday.

That documentary followed on the heels of serious allegations of racism inside palace walls, after an honorary aide resigned and apologized following complaints that she repeatedly asked a Black British charity boss where she was “really from.”

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CNN’s Rob Picheta and Amy Woodyatt contributed reporting.

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