29 Reasons We Love Royal Christmas Cards

Christmas is a time of peace and goodwill — and for the past 70 years, some pretty amazing royal Christmas cards! There's the retro glamour of the '40s and '50s to Diana's awesome shoulder pads in the 1980s, plus adorable mini-versions of William and Harry and some insight into Prince Charles's more eccentric side. Keep reading for 29 of our favorite cards from the British royals, then check out the best photos of their holiday celebrations over the years.

01
From King George Vl, 1947
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From King George Vl, 1947

Because of Princess Margaret's Mona Lisa smile.

02
From the Queen,1954
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From the Queen,1954

Because we remember that the Queen was once a 27-year-old mother of two, who was also the head of a country.

03
From the Queen Mother, 1954
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From the Queen Mother, 1954

Because in 1954, the Queen looked like a movie star.

04
From the Queen, 1957
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From the Queen, 1957

Because Prince Philip cut quite a dashing figure.

05
From the Queen Mother, 1965
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From the Queen Mother, 1965

Because of the hat, handbag, opera gloves, and hand lightly touching her pearls . . .

06
From the Queen, 1966
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From the Queen, 1966

Because sometimes the royal family look like a family folk band. . .

08
From the Queen, 1972
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From the Queen, 1972

Because of Princess Anne's fabulous '70s hair.

09
From Charles and Diana, 1983
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From Charles and Diana, 1983

Because William was once as cute as Prince George.

10
From Charles and Diana, 1984
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From Charles and Diana, 1984

Because Princess Diana looks so Princess Diana.

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From the Queen Mother, 1987
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From the Queen Mother, 1987

Because a fan goes with everything.

12
From the Queen, 1987
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From the Queen, 1987

Because of mini Prince Harry in a kilt!

13
From Charles and Diana, 1987
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From Charles and Diana, 1987

Because vacation photos are the best card photos.

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From Prince Charles, 1994
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From Prince Charles, 1994

Because the Christmas cards can be adorable . . .

16
From Prince Charles, 1995
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From Prince Charles, 1995

. . . eccentric . . .

17
From Diana, 1995
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From Diana, 1995

. . . and timeless.

18
From the Queen, 1996
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From the Queen, 1996

Because who doesn't love reclining on a cliff?

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From Prince Charles, 1996
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From Prince Charles, 1996

Because how many shepherd's crooks does one family need?

20
From Prince Charles, 1999
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From Prince Charles, 1999

Because sometimes the family looks like a Ralph Lauren ad campaign.

21
From Prince Andrew, 2001
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From Prince Andrew, 2001

Because they show that even after divorce, you can still send a holiday card together.

22
From Prince Charles, 2002
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From Prince Charles, 2002

Because Prince Charles comes across as a bit of a laugh.

23
From Charles and Camilla, 2012
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From Charles and Camilla, 2012

Because these two look like they have a lot of fun together.

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From Charles and Camilla, 2013
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From Charles and Camilla, 2013

Because they like to share a laugh.

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From Prince Harry, 2015
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From Prince Harry, 2015

Because we get an insight into what is important to Harry.

26
From Charles and Camilla, 2015
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From Charles and Camilla, 2015

Because love.

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From William and Kate, 2015
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From William and Kate, 2015

Because we can't get enough of the Cambridges.

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From William and Kate, 2017
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From William and Kate, 2017

Because you have to commemorate your last Christmas as a family of four.