When you’re the British royal family, your Christmas card mailing list isn’t just family, friends and neighbors – it’s the whole country. And now, thanks to social media, the whole world. So, some random pics from family vacation or college graduation? won’t cut it.
Fortunately, they have a tradition of sending holiday cards for over a century, and they have plenty of practice. Take 50 when Princess Mary sent a demure photo of herself with the message ‘Merry Christmas and a successful New Year’ as part of a gift box Soldier, or 1942, then Princess Elizabeth issued a card of her own in her wartime uniform. Fast forward 50 years later and there is a black and white photo of Princess Diana wearing heavy eyeliner and her sons William and Harry.
Come on 2022, the next generation of royals is giving this time-honored tradition their own makeover. This year, the Cambridges posted a colour-coordinated photo of the family walking through Anmer Hall, their Norfolk estate. In 2021 they distributed a photo of themselves traveling in Jordan – a Commonwealth country where Kate Middleton spent two years as a child year.
Last holiday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also shared Archie and Lilybet’s Montsey photo of Tom. The couple also highlighted several important charities, including Team Rubicon.
Below, click to see the history of the British royal family’s Christmas cards.