Through the years, the Royal Family has often sent out holiday cards featuring new or rare photos of themselves and their families. Royal Central is taking a look at the tradition that dates back to the days of King George V and Queen Mary.
King George V and Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandparents, sent this greeting to troops fighting in World War I. The card reads, “With our best wishes for Christmas 1914, may God protect you and bring you home safe.”Embed from Getty Images
Following a similar path of her grandparents, the then, Princess Elizabeth sent cards to the Grenadier Guards regiment of the British Army fighting in World War II.Embed from Getty Images
1957 and 1965
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather is holding two Christmas cards from the Royal Family. The one on the left is from 1957 and features Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
The card on the right was sent out in 1965. Nearly 10 years later, the card represents how the family has grown with The Queen’s two youngest children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward being represented.Embed from Getty Images
The Queen used this image for her personal Christmas card in 1969. The photo features the Royal Family on the Royal Yacht Britannia during a visit to Norway.Embed from Getty Images
1969 and 1979
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather is sharing Christmas cards from 1969 and 1979. The bottom photo is a colour version of the card sent out in 1969. The top features the family in 1979.Embed from Getty Images
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1991 and 1997
The top card is the Prince and Princess of Wales’s Christmas card from 1991. The bottom photo is from 1997, the year Diana died. The photo of Charles and his sons is said to be taken just days before her August death.Embed from Getty Images
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The newlywed Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall chose this photo from their April wedding to be used as their card. The photo features Charles’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and Camilla’s children, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles.
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The Prince and Duchess sent a photo of themselves viewing horses at the Royal Ascot that June.Embed from Getty Images
The Prince and Duchess attend the Invictus Games opening ceremony – Prince Harry’s charity project that uses the power of sport to help wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel.Embed from Getty Images
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The Prince and Duchess chose a photo from their August trip to Scotland.
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This photo is from Camilla’s 70th birthday party in July of that year.
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The Prince and Duchess chose a photo from their visit to Cuba for 2019’s Christmas card.