Like many people who are way less lazy than me, the royals send their friends and acquaintances Christmas cards during the holidays. And they’ve been doing so since at least the early 1900s, when the cards were less “merry and bright” and more…well, haunted, if I’m honest. (Seriously, don’t look King George directly in the eyes in that pic from 1914, it’s likely cursed.)
While not every royal family Christmas card is available to the public, a lot of them have been shared with us non-royals over the years. Plus, once the Queen & co. joined Instagram, they started posting their Christmas cards to social media—even taking special shoots just for their holiday portrait purposes.
Check out the best royal Christmas cards throughout the years—from Queen Elizabeth’s time as a mere princess, to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s cozy family pics, to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s very first card as a couple, to literally 1,000 photos of Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles (and of course, a few of Charles and Diana before their split).