The photo was taken by Mario Testino at Clarence House earlier this year. Mario has photographed practically everyone in the royal family, as well as numerous foreign royals. He took William & Kate's official engagements photos and Princess Charlotte's christening photos.
Clarence House had previously released a photo from this session for Duchess Camilla's 70th Birthday.
The message on the back is similar to past year, but they've changed up the wording.To mark HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's 70th Birthday, we are releasing this new portrait, taken by @MarioTestino. pic.twitter.com/tD05etWVl8— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) July 16, 2017
The card reads:
The Prince of Wales greatly appreciated the trouble you took to write on the occasion of his 69th birthday. His Royal Highness was so touched by your thoughtfulness and sends you his heartfelt gratitude and best wishes.With the card came a letter from Claudia Spens, Head of the Correspondence Section at Clarence House.
The letter reads:
Dear Miss Daly,
The Prince of Wales has asked me to thank you for your letter of 30th October.
His Royal Highness is most grateful to you for taking the trouble to write as you did; he was particularly touched by your kind words of support and greatly appreciated your good wishes on the occasion of his 69th birthday.
The Prince of Wales thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Autumn tour and was overwhelmed by the lovely welcome and warm reception he received from the countries he visited.
His Royal Highness has asked me to send you the enclosed special picture along with his warmest thanks and very best wishes.
Your sincerely, Claudia SpensBack to Replies - Main Page