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The best royal Christmas cards from throughout the years


by Erin Lindsay
19th Dec 2019

With the 2019 royal Christmas card seemingly leaked online, we take a look back at the best from years gone by


Although Kensington Palace has yet to officially release this year’s Royal Family Christmas card, it looks like the picture has been leaked online already.

On Wednesday, a member of the Royal Air Force Cadets appeared to tweet a picture of this year’s official card from the Duchess of Cambridge. The original tweet itself has been deleted, but many took screenshots of the photograph.

It is expected that the image will be officially released from the Royal Family in the coming days.

The image of the Duke and Duchess with Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte inspired us to look back at some other royal Christmas cards from throughout the years, which are an interesting glimpse into the history of the family.

Here are our favourites:

2018: William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis

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Last year’s official card featured the family at Anmer Hall, a country house that was gifted to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their wedding. The image was the first time Prince Louis would feature on a Christmas card.

2018: Harry and Meghan’s wedding

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In their own version of the Christmas card, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a beautiful shot from their wedding reception earlier in the year.

2015: William, Kate, George and Charlotte

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In her debut on the Royal Family Christmas card, Princess Charlotte posed happily with her parents and brother George.

2015: Charles and Camilla

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Also in 2015, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall released a lovely picture together from their summer holidays in Scotland for Christmas.

1999: Charles, William and Harry

Taken two years after the tragic death of Princess Diana, Princes Charles, William and Harry posed as a family in 1999.

1991: Charles, Diana, William and Harry

In 1991, the royals sat together for a photo, with Harry’s tie matching his mother’s outfit.

1984: Elizabeth and Philip

In a 1984 card sent to the New Zealand Prime minister, the Queen and Prince Philip posed in Balmoral — spot the corgi.

1979: Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward

In the late 1970s, the Queen posed with her husband and children, her grandchild, Peter, in the background, as well as some dogs from the palace.

1969: Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward

Ten years’ previously, the Royal Family made a deviation from their usual backdrop of Balmoral or another estate, and chose to pose with a speedboat for their Christmas card.