British RoyalsEuropean Royals

Round-up of the 2017 European royal Christmas greetings

The royal families all across Europe have released Christmas photos, messages and their Christmas cards to the public throughout December. From Belgium to the United Kingdom, they are all listed below:


The Belgian Royal Family sent their Christmas wishes on their yearly Christmas card in four different languages: German, Dutch, French and English. They said, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

Photo: Keri Heinzmann


The Crown Prince Family released a video at the beginning of the month of the family decorating their Christmas tree. They are now in Australia to celebrate the holiday with Crown Princess Mary’s family.


The Grand Ducal Couple released a family photo on the occasion of the end of the year and for the holidays. It was taken earlier this year at Prince Sébastien’s graduation from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. On Facebook, they said, “On the occasion of the end of the year, the Grand Ducal Couple unveiled a unique family photo, performed at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst this summer.”

© Grand Ducal Court / Lola Velasco, all rights reserved


In mid-December, Princess Charlene posted an image from their Christmas photo shoot of her and Prince Albert’s three-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. In her post, she said, “It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, December 2017.”

Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz/Prince’s Palace of Monaco via Princess Charlene (hshprincesscharlene) on Instagram

On 22 December, the Prince’s Palace released the family’s Christmas card which features a similar image to the one Princess Charlene shared earlier in the month. The Palace said, “Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene and their children the Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella wish you a Merry Christmas and beautiful holidays.”

© Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz / Prince’s Palace

© Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz / Prince’s Palace


The Norwegian Royal Family released several images for Christmas showing the family decorating the Christmas tree together and posing for an official family portrait. They can all be seen here.


Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia released a message on behalf of the Serbian Royal Family for those celebrating Christmas by the Gregorian calendar saying, “My wish is that goodwill, peace and happiness for Christmas continue forever. My family and I wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2018 that is filled with love, success and happiness. Peace on Earth and goodwill for all! Christ is born!”

The message was accompanied by this painting. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade


The Spanish Royal Family released their 2017 Christmas cards. King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s card features a picture with their two daughters while King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía’s features a painting.

© Casa de SM el Rey

© Casa de SM el Rey

© Casa de SM el Rey

© Casa de SM el Rey


The Crown Princess Family of Sweden released their traditional Christmas video on 18 December along with a Christmas family photo in the snow outside of their home of Haga Palace.

Photo: Raphael Stecksén, Royal Court, Sweden

United Kingdom:

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall released their Christmas card on 18 December.
Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’2yDpfBUqRihJO4FOGt2pTQ’,sig:’6TfHMlHsvxmAcxiYMl1pizNsRcEE76reB-zI-_UCkh8=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’894716030′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })});
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released their Christmas card photo on the same day. They are pictured with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Kensington Palace/Getty Images)

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.