Royal Christmas Playing cards By means of the Years: Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton


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For many years, the royal Christmas card has been a vacation custom within the British royal household. The playing cards, which date again earlier than Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood, have been round for greater than 100 years, and because the royal household grows (2019 welcomed child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor), their Christmas notes solely turn into increasingly more festive.

It’s reported that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ship 750 to 800 Christmas playing cards every year. Philip additionally reportedly sends one other 200 playing cards to varied organizations the royal household is near. And don’t count on every card to have a generic message both. Based on Reader’s Digest, the Queen begins signing her playing cards in the summertime, so she will have them prepared by the time the vacations roll round. As for what’s on every message, Reader’s Digest reviews that Queen Elizabeth II has a special moniker relying on the recipient of the Christmas card. Politicians and heads of state will obtain playing cards signed with “Elizabeth R” (the R stands for “Regina,” the Latin phrase for “queen”), whereas associates will get notes signed with Elizabeth. The Queen’s cousins will obtain mailers together with her nickname, “Lilibet.”

If that isn’t purpose sufficient to consider that the British royal household is critical about their holidays, we don’t know what’s. See the evolution of the royal household Christmas card, from the early 1900s to the Meghan Markle period, forward.

1914 – King George V & Queen Mary

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One of many first royal Christmas playing cards was in 1914. The publish featured King George V and Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandparents) with a handwritten message about troops in the UK through the first 12 months of World Conflict I.

1978 – Prince Charles / Princess Anne & Mark Phillips

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Two royal households despatched separate Christmas playing cards in 1978. One was Prince Charles (Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son), who despatched a photograph of him with a canine and the message, “With all good needs for Christmas and the New 12 months.” The opposite was Princess Anne (Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter) and Mark Phillips who despatched a photograph of their kids, Peter and Zara, with the message, “With all good needs for Christmas and the New 12 months.”

1982 – Princess Diana & Prince Charles

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles despatched their first household Christmas card in 1982. The publish included a photograph of the couple with their new child son, Prince William. They wrote, “With all good needs for Christmas and the New 12 months.”

1985 – Princess Diana & Prince Charles

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After Prince Harry’s birthday in 1984, Princess Diana and Prince Charles despatched this Christmas card in 1985, which confirmed the household outdoors as the 2 younger princes rode a pony. Prince Charles stood by in a kilt, whereas Princess Di watched her sons lovingly. The couple included the identical message as earlier years: “With all good needs for Christmas and the New 12 months.”

1986 – Princess Diana & Prince Charles

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Now a bit older, Prince Harry and Prince William sat and stood in Prince Charles’ lap for this Christmas card in 1986. The publish additionally included Princess Diana subsequent to her then-husband, with a cute canine in her lap.

1987 – Princess Diana & Prince Charles

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Prince Harry and Prince William wore matching outfits for this Christmas card in 1987. The brothers stood on a fence as their mother posed behind them. Their dad, Prince Charles, additionally stood subsequent to them along with his fingers crossed. The household switched up their message this 12 months. They wrote, “Wishing you a really joyful Christmas and New 12 months.”

1990 – Princess Diana & Prince Charles

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In 1990, six years earlier than Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce, the household despatched this Christmas card with Prince Harry and Prince William in matching crimson sweaters and grey slacks. The brothers posed on the palace, with their mother and father behind them.

2001 – Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

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Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, despatched this Christmas card in 2001 along with his spouse, Sophie, Countess of Wessex. They wrote, “Wishing you a merry Christmas and a cheerful New 12 months.” The cardboard was despatched two 12 months earlier than the couple welcomed their first baby, daughter Woman Louise Windsor.

2005 – Prince Charles & Camila Parker Bowles

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After his wedding ceremony to Camila Parker Bowles in April 2005, Prince Charles despatched their wedding ceremony image because the couple’s vacation card for that 12 months. The photograph featured the couple on their joyful day as they stood arm in arm. On Prince Charles’ aspect had been his sons Prince William and Prince Harry (who appeared away from the digital camera.) With Camila had been her kids, Tom and Laura Parker Bowles.

2016 – Prince Charles & Camila Parker Bowles

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Prince Charles and Camila despatched a card as married couple in 2016. The photograph for the cardboard was taken on their royal tour of Croatia. The couple met native performers in conventional clothes on their go to to Tvrda, an previous city within the metropolis of Osijek.

2017 – Prince Charles & Camila Parker Bowles

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Prince Charles and Camila stored it easy for his or her 2017 Christmas card. The couple’s photograph got here from the Duchess of Cornwall’s seventieth birthday celebration within the Orchard Room of their Highgrove Home.

2017 – Prince William & Kate Middleton

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The household is all right here! One in all Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first household Christmas playing cards was in 2017. The photograph featured the couple as they stood behind their two kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who had been dressed to match their mother and father. The household posed in Kensington Palace for the shot.

2018 – Prince Charles & Camila Parker Bowles

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For 2018, Prince Charles and Camila despatched this romantic photograph of them sitting on a bench. The photograph was placed on the Christmas tree in Clarence Home.

2018 – Prince William & Kate Middleton

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This now-iconic household photograph was Kate and William’s Christmas card in 2018. The photograph featured the household as they posed outdoors Anmer Corridor in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Dressed casually, Kate and William leaned towards a tree as their kids performed behind them. Prince George balanced on one leg, Princess Charlotte sandwiched herself between her mother and father and Prince Louis sat comfortably in his mother’s arms.

2019 – Prince William & Kate Middleton

Air Commodore Daybreak McCafferty shared this Christmas card she acquired from Prince William and Kate Middleton on Twitter. The publish featured the couple with their three kids dressed in numerous shades of blue. Prince William sat on a automobile along with his youngest son, Prince Louis, in his lap. By his aspect are his different two kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who posed for the digital camera. On his different aspect is Kate who stuns in a floral blue gown.

2019 – Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched the next publish as their Christmas card for 2019. The candid photograph confirmed the mother and father laughing within the background as their son, Archie, crawled towards the digital camera. The couple dressed informal, with Meghan in a sweater and Harry in a shirt along with his sleeves rolled up, as they posed in entrance of a Christmas tree. The black-and-white photograph included sparkles, in addition to the easy message: Merry Christmas and a cheerful New 12 months.”

2020 – Prince William & Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2020 Christmas card noticed them wearing informal sweaters and denims with their three youngsters: Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The household sat on a bale of hay in entrance of stacks of logs as they smiled for the digital camera. “The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a brand new picture of their household, which options on their Christmas card this 12 months🎄,” the couple wrote on Instagram.

2020 – Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

The Animal nonprofit Mayhew tweeted Meghan and Harry’s 2020 Christmas Card, which noticed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son, Archie. The photograph noticed the household of three in a small outhouse adorned with crimson bows and Christmas timber with their two canine. “We’re thrilled to obtain great Christmas needs from our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex, who additionally made a private donation, serving to canine, cats and our group. Purple coronary heart From all of us at Mayhew, thanks and Merry Christmas,” Mayhew tweeted.

2021 – Prince William & Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stored the household custom going with their 2021 Christmas card. For his or her card, the couple had been joined by their youngsters Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, aged 8, 6 and three, respectively, on the time the photograph was snapped. Based on Kensington Palace, the household portrait was snapped throughout a non-public household trip to Jordan earlier that 12 months.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are happy to share a brand new {photograph} of their household,” the palace’s assertion learn. “The {photograph}, which options on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this 12 months, exhibits The Duke and Duchess with their three kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in Jordan earlier this 12 months.”

2021 – Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their first photograph of their daughter Lilibet, who was born on June 6, 2021, for his or her 2021 Christmas card. The cardboard noticed Harry and Meghan wearing denims and csual garments as they sat outdoors with their two kids: Lilibet, 6 months, and Archie, 2. Within the photograph, Meghan could possibly be seen holding Lilibet up as Harry and Archie, who sat on his father’s knee, could possibly be seen smiling at them.

The cardboard was taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski on the couple’s dwelling in Santa Barbara, California. (Lubomirski additionally photographed Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding ceremony.) “Blissful holidays,” the cardboard reads. “This 12 months, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a household. As we sit up for 2022, we’ve got made donations in your behalf to a number of organizations that honor and shield households – from these being relocated from Afghanistan, to American households in want of paid parental depart.” The cardboard was first shared by Group Rubicon, a veteran-led catastrophe reduction group serving susceptible communities.

2022 – King Charles & Queen Consort Camilla

For his or her first Christmas card as the brand new King and Queen Consort, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla shared a card with a photograph of them on the Braemar Video games in Scotland in September 2022. The cardboard, which was taken by photographer Samir Hussein on September 3, 2022, featured a photograph of the King in a tweed jacket and vest a crimson, inexperienced and gold-striped tie and the Queen Consort in a inexperienced coat with a crimson tartan lapel. “Wishing you a really Blissful Christmas and New 12 months,” the cardboard reads. The cardboard was the primary Christmas Card Charles and Camilla despatched for the reason that loss of life of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8, 2022, simply 5 days after the Christmas card photograph was taken.

2022 – Prince Charles & Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Prince and Princess of Wales, shared their 2022 Christmas card on Instagram on December 13, 2022. The cardboard featured a photograph of the royal couple and their three kids—Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis—holding fingers as they walked down a path. The photograph, which was taken by photographer Matt Porteus, noticed William wearing a darkish blue button-up shirt and denims, whereas Kate wore a white prime and denims. “Sharing a brand new image of the household for this 12 months’s Christmas card! 🎄” William and Kate captioned the publish.

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