For your normal Thursday or your Christmas Eve (whichever), here is a round up of the Christmas photos/cards released by the royals this year.
Kensington Palace posted this photo of Prince Harry during a Battle of Britain event in September that he is using on his Christmas card with the caption: “Merry Christmas from Prince Harry. He has chosen this photograph with Battle of Britain veteran Tom Neil for his Christmas card. Prince Harry considered it a great honour to meet Tom during the Battle of Britain flypast in September. It was one of his most memorable moments of 2015.”
As we’ve seen, Prince William and Duchess Kate released this photo of themselves with their children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – taken in late October at Kensington Palace.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall released this photo of themselves taken by a friend during their summer holiday in Scotland. What a lovely photo; they’re so cute together!
[Clarence House @ClarenceHouse]
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip chose a photo from Royal Ascot for their Christmas card. As many of you noted when I criticized William and Kate’s card for its lack of a Christmas theme, the British royals often choose photos taken during the year for their Christmas cards rather than taking new, holiday-themed photos. I think it’s a shame.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel released this photo – along with three others and a video – of Princess Estelle, taken in early December at Bagarstugan at Skansen.
Princess Madeleine posted the photo on the left of Prince Nicolas sitting on Santa’s lap with the message: “Nicolas is wishing everyone Happy Holidays!” Nicolas has gotten so big! I’m surprised Nicolas isn’t crying or something. I flat out refused to sit on Santa’s lap when I was a kid and my mom had to sit on Santa’s lap, with me on her lap, for the photo.
Maddie also posted the photo on the right of Princess Leonore with Queen Silvia for Silvia’s birthday on December 23rd with the message: “Happy Birthday Mamma! Thank you for being a wonderful mom and an amazing grandma!”
[Boggio Studios/Princess Madeleine’s Facebook]
The Royal Family of Norway released this photo – among others – of King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid, Prince Sverre, and Marius Borg Høiby taken at Skaugum.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia released this card with a photo of their two daughters – Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia – and a message signed by all four of them.
[Casa de S.M. el Rey]
The Belgian royal family released this photo with the message: “Merry Christmas and happy New Year!” The photo features King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eleonore.
[Belgian Royal Palace @MonarchieBe]
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene released their Christmas card, featuring a photo of themselves with their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The card reads: “All our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a New Year 2016 filled with joy.”
[Chris Morris/Palais Princier de Monaco]
Tomorrow is the annual British Royal Family walk to church service, which I most likely won’t cover until December 26th (since that’s what’s happened the last two years). Then next week I’m going to have some 2015 in Review articles.
Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates a holiday this time of year, and Happy Thursday to everyone who doesn’t. Have a great day, everyone!