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Sat 21st April, 2018
 

Royal Christmas cards – what photos the Royals of Europe are sending out this year

At this time of year, Royal Families across the world return Christmas cards to well-wishers who have sent them festive greetings. We’re taking a look at the images on the cards sent out this year, including that from Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her family.

The card from The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is released each yea. This image, released to the Clarence House Twitter page, was taken by Hugo Burnand at Highgrove in July, when Camilla celebrated her 70th birthday with a private party.

prince charles and camilla’s 2017 christmas card

In the photo, Prince Charles is wearing black tie, and the Duchess is also looking glamorous in a white v-neck embellished dress by Anna Valentine.

Earlier today, Prince William and Catherine released the image that will be used for their Christmas Card. Taken back in July at the same time as Prince George’s birthday photo, Chris Jackson of Getty Images snapped the Cambridge family together in front of a plain background at Kensington Palace.

We can tell this as the young Prince, 4, is in the same blue striped shirt as the other image, and the Duchess’ hair is still long. Blue is the colour theme, with the Duke wearing a blue tie, Kate in a pale blue suit worn on an official visit to the Netherlands, Princess Charlotte, 2, in a blue floral dress seen in Germany.

prince william, kate, prince george and princess charlotte in the photo on their christmas card this year (kensington palace)

Meanwhile, the Crown Princess couple of Sweden, Victoria and Daniel, had their family photo taken wrapped up in winter gear in the snow at Haga Palace.

Princess Estelle, 5, giggles and throws snow at the camera, as Crown Princess Victoria balances a grumpy-looking Prince Oscar, 1, on her hip. Prince Daniel hugs his wife.

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar are featured in the snow for this year’s Christmas card (Kungahuset)

The family also released a video of them frolicking in the snow. The short one-minute clip shows the children helping to decorate a small tree outside, before the family have a snowball fight and try sledging down a hill in the palace grounds.

Inside, in front of a roaring fire, they sit down together to play board games.

The Spanish Royal Family had their photo taken during the national day back in October. King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters Leonor, Princess of Asturias, 12, and Infanta Sofia, 10, appear on one of the palace’s balconies for their portrait.

Red appears to be their colour theme, with the King in this coloured tie, Letizia having just a hint in her lipstick and the two Princesses with in red dresses.

While not having released it officially, the Belgian Royal Family have sent out their Christmas card. The black and white image shows King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde with their brood of four: Princess Elisabeth, 16, Prince Gabriel, 14, Prince Emmanuel, 12, and Princess Eleonore, 9.

Princess Charlene of Monaco posted this snap of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella to Instagram. The twins, who are 3 years old, sit in front of the Christmas tree in a little sleigh. It is thought this will be the Monegasque’s card this year.

We don’t have an official image from the Crown Princely couple of Denmark, Frederik and Mary, and family but they did release a video of them decorating the Christmas tree at the beginning of December.

Prince Christian, 12, Princess Isabella, 10, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 6, helped their parents hang ornaments and candles on the huge tree at the Frederik VIII’s Palace, Amalienborg.

If you’d like to send a card to the British Royal Family, all the details can be found here.

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. She is also a keen reader (usually something historical), baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe. Miss Howard also works closely with the British Monarchist Foundation as their Press Secretary and Spokesman.

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  • Merry Christmas & happy new year
    may god bless & save you all x

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