King Charles and Queen Camilla Use New Portrait — First Seen Displayed in the Palace — for a Special Card

Those celebrating a special birthday are in for a glamorous treat when they check the mail

A glamorous new portrait of King Charles III and Queen Camilla is in the mail.

During the King's meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine at Buckingham Palace earlier this month, a previously unseen picture of King Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, was displayed on a table behind them. The image appeared to be a formal portrait of the couple taken during the first state banquet of the monarch's reign in November 2022, when Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, made his three-day state visit to the United Kingdom.

Now, the portrait is being used for a special reason: to celebrate the 100th birthdays of U.K. residents!

In a post shared on Twitter by Colchester Borough Homes on Feb. 24, they wrote that Catherine Ford had received a card featuring the new snap from the King and Queen Consort to celebrate her milestone birthday. In a better look at the new portrait, King Charles and Queen Camilla smile and stand close together in their formal wear, complete with Camilla wearing the Belgian Sapphire tiara, previously worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

Twitter user SpikeArmstrong also shared photos of his grandfather's birthday card on social media, sharing a look at the message inside.

"My wife and I are so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday on 21st February, 2023," the message from the King said. "This brings our warmest congratulations and heartfelt good wishes on such a special occasion."

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England. This is the first state visit hosted by the UK with King Charles III as monarch, and the first state visit here by a South African leader since 2010.
King Charles and Queen Camilla. Chris Jackson/Getty

The note was signed by both Charles and Camilla, both completing their signatures with an "R," standing for "Rex" (Latin for king) or "Regina" (Latin for queen), respectively.

King Charles and Queen Camilla sent out their first round of birthday cards from the palace shortly after Charles became monarch following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September.

However, those cards featured a photo of the royal couple from the summer of 2018.

Thousands of birthday cards are sent from Buckingham Palace each year to residents celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays...and every year thereafter. Couples celebrating their 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries receive a card as well.

The tradition dates back to 1917 during the reign of King George V. During Queen Elizabeth's reign, approximately 1.3 million cards were sent to mark birthdays and anniversaries across the U.K., the realms and the overseas territories, per Buckingham Palace.

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King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, waves as they leave Dunfermline Abbey, after a visit to mark its 950th anniversary, and after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town on October 3, 2022 in Dunfermline, Scotland.
King Charles and Queen Camilla. Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty

To receive a card, residents must apply online with a copy of the celebrant's birth certificate or passport. Only current citizens of the U.K., countries where King Charles is head of state or U.K. overseas territories are eligible to receive messages.

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