Prince Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card a ‘symbol of challenging times’ as fans praise their ‘cute and timely’ photo

Prince Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card photo captures an iconic moment from 2021 and fans couldn’t be more delighted.

Prince Charles and Camilla's Christmas card has been released, here they're seen during a visit to Alloway Main Street and Robert Burns' Cottage
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Prince Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card has been released and this year’s photo has been hailed a “symbol of these challenging times” by fans for depicting the “reality” of our lives. 

  • The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have shared their annual Christmas card photo and it couldn’t be more different to previous years.  
  • Prince Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card features both senior royals wearing masks, with fans dubbing it “cute and timely”.  
  • This royal news comes as Joanna Lumley reveals 'down to earth' moments with the Queen

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have finally shared their 2021 Christmas card with excited fans, just as Prince William and Kate Middleton also posted the Cambridge family Christmas card on social media. Their sweet snap was taken during a holiday to Jordan earlier this year and showed three of the Queen’s great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis looking very grown-up and beaming beside their parents. 

In contrast, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s Christmas card was taken in the UK as they attended one of the year’s most prestigious events. Their Christmas card picture is from Day 2 of Royal Ascot in June 2021, when Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s rare candid moment showed how they’re just like us. 

The Prince of Wales was snapped helping his wife to put on her stunning pale lemon-colored face mask, which perfectly matched her hat and dress. Whilst Prince Charles opted for a smart black top hat and gray suit and waistcoat and selected a black face mask for the occasion. 

The royal couple have been regularly wearing face masks at important engagements and events, whilst mask-wearing is now once again compulsory in England in most indoor public places and on public transport. Taking to social media to share a glimpse of their Christmas card this year, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla posted a snap of the card open on what appears to be one of the best real Christmas trees.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales helps Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall put on her face mask as they attend day 2 of Royal Ascot

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The choice of a memorable photo that reflects both the challenging past year and the current situation for so many is one that hasn’t gone unnoticed or unpraised by royal fans. Prince Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card has been dubbed a “symbol” of the times and been seen as “setting examples” by many. 

“Such a wonderful picture: their caring love for each other and the symbol of [these] challenging times ! ⭐👑⭐”, one fan commented warmly on social media.

Another agreed, reflecting on how it showcases their relationship as well as the global situation as they commented, “It’s a beautiful picture, and it shows not only the relationship of TRH but also the situation worldwide”.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall adjusts her face mask as she attends Royal Ascot 2021 with Prince Charles Prince of Wales at Ascot Racecourse

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“Love this!!! ❤️💚 It depicts the reality of all of our lives during the past year!!! Merry Christmas to the entire Royal family! Wishing you all health and happiness in 2022! 🎄” a third person shared.

Whilst someone else declared, “You're settling examples for the rest of us! I appreciate that! Merry Christmas to the two of you!”

Another described it as ‘Cute and timely’ as another said, “Great photo of two beautiful people ❤️ love significance of masks I. Shot showing last year and a bit! ❤️🙌”.

Savannah Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Eugenie and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2016

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The supportive response from fans will likely be very much appreciated by Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla as they prepare for Christmas at Sandringham. The Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren traditionally gather in Norfolk for the festive season. 

In 2020 she and Prince Philip celebrated alone at Windsor Castle during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year the Queen is expected to return to Sandringham where she and the royals will mark their first Christmas since the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.  

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!