Birthday photo shows King Charles as park ranger

An official photograph has been released to mark the King’s 74th birthday – showing him in his new role as ranger of Windsor Great Park.

King Charles III is seen leaning on an ancient oak tree in the park, as he takes on a role once held by his father, Prince Philip.

The photograph, full of autumn sunshine, was taken last week.

The King is expected to mark the day privately, his first birthday since becoming monarch.

As the new ranger, the King becomes steward of one of the country’s oldest landed estates, in a role that dates back to the 16th Century.

Prince Philip held the post for almost 70 years, until his death in 2021, with the late Queen Elizabeth II taking over, until her death in September.

Outside Buckingham Palace, during the changing of the guard ceremony, the band of the Household Cavalry played Happy Birthday.

There is also a royal tradition of the monarch having a separate official birthday in the summer, which is tied to the Trooping the Colour parade.

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