King Charles leaves Windsor Castle after hosting his first celebratory lunch

King Charles appeared to be in great spirits as he left Windsor Castle today – after yesterday hosting his first annual Christmas luncheon for the wider royal family as monarch.

Charles, 74, and Queen Consort Camilla, 75, were joined at the Berkshire residence by dozens of other royals — including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Mike and Zara Tindall.

The turkey and trimmings luncheon is held annually at Buckingham Palace on the Wednesday before Christmas — but this year, in a departure from tradition, the event was held at Windsor Castle.

Today, a beaming Charles was pictured waving as he was kicked out of the royal home – ahead of spending Christmas at Sandringham.

King Charles (pictured) looked in great spirits as he left Windsor Castle today – after yesterday hosting his first annual Christmas luncheon for the wider royal family as monarch

The king was dressed in a gray suit and white shirt, with a plaid tie.

Keeping Cool On a cold Wednesday in December, Charles chose to dress himself in a brown trench coat.

The King is set to host members of the royal family at Sandringham this year – returning to tradition for the first time in three years.

Charles and Camilla will celebrate Christmas at the Norfolk Estate with family members, marking a return to the usual royal festivities.

Dozens of royals joined Charles (pictured), 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, at the Berkshire residence - including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Mike and Zara Tyndall

Dozens of royals joined Charles (pictured), 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, at the Berkshire residence – including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Mike and Zara Tyndall

The gathering at Sandringham will be the first time the royal family has spent Christmas at the private royal residence since 2019, and it will be an emotional period following the Queen’s death in September.

Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement: “Her Majesty the King and Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will attend the morning service on Christmas Day at Sandringham Church, on Sunday 25 December 2022.”

Charles and Camilla will likely be joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, the Princess Royal and her family, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children – but it remains to be seen if the Duke of York will make a public appearance.

Questions also remain about Harry and Meghan, who were said to have been frozen out of Charles’ first Christmas dinner at Sandringham as royal – after the Netflix series launched an unprecedented attack on the royal family, accusing the monarch of ‘lying’ and the Prince of Wales. of “yelling” at his brother.

The turkey and trimmings luncheon is held annually at Buckingham Palace on the Wednesday before Christmas — but this year, in a departure from tradition, the event was held at Windsor Castle.  Pictured is Charles today

The turkey and trimmings luncheon is held annually at Buckingham Palace on the Wednesday before Christmas — but this year, in a departure from tradition, the event was held at Windsor Castle. Pictured is Charles today

Christmas at Sandringham follows a break, when, due to the Covid pandemic, the late Queen spent the festive period at Windsor Castle for two years in a row – the first with the Duke of Edinburgh, who is separated from her wider family in custody.

Royal birthdays feature a morning excursion to St Mary Magdalene Church, greetings to well-wishers, and a family brunch with turkey and all the trimmings.

Yesterday’s event at Windsor Castle saw the family gather for the biggest gathering since the Queen’s funeral in September – and the first time the traditional gathering had been held since 2019, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dozens of members of the royal family attended, with the Queen, Earl and Countess of Wessex among the first to arrive, but among the notable absentees are Prince Harry and Meghan, their son Archie and daughter Lilibet, who remain in the United States.

The first to arrive yesterday afternoon was King Charles himself, who had traveled to Windsor in a car. He chose an elegant blue tie for the occasion, which he wore with a navy blue suit.

Meanwhile, the Queen follows her shortly afterwards, and seems calm when she is led into the castle grounds.

She was wrapped warmly in a navy quilted jacket, which she wore with a blue velvet blouse underneath.

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