In keeping with the festive spirit of the holidays, today we have a round up of Christmas related royal tidbits for your enjoyment, including some Royal Christmas Cards!
First up: a Royal christmas card out of Spain. Thee King and Queen of Spain’s Christmas card features this festive and cozy looking this photograph of Leonore, Princess of Asturias (age 10) and Infanta Sofia (age 8).
Out of England, we have two christmas cards that have been publicly released so far. Charles and Camilla chose this warm and down to earth snapshot, which was taken by a friend at a private estate in August. They look so relaxed and normal. I love it.
Perhaps seeing the warm response Prince Charles’ card received inspired William and Kate to make their own Christmas card public for the first time. Their chosen picture also has a nice, relaxed air to it and shows off the cuteness of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It was taken in the grounds of Kensington Palace in October ’15 by Chris Jelf. Check out what appears to be Charlotte’s shoe on the grass in front of her – or is that part of the wooden train toy?
Thanks to this interview that William gave, we know that William and Kate will be at their country home Amner Hall this Christmas. That means we can expect to see them walk to Church with the Royal Family on Christmas morning (hurray!). The Middleton family will likely not far behind to attend the same service like they did last year.
We don’t have the Queen and Prince Philip’s card yet, but here’s heartwarming story about a man and his son who kept a tradition of sending the Queen a Christmas card every year since 1952. It turns out the Queen first reached out in 1972 saying “So it’s you who keeps sending me these lovely Christmas cards.”
Also, the Queen and Prince Philip hosted their annual Christmas lunch for extended family at Buckingham Palace on December 16. The lunch is a way to see and include extended family (like the Kents) who are not invited or able to make it to Sandringham for Christmas. You can read more about this year’s event here if you like.
On December 17, the Queen and Prince Philip took the 10:44 train from London to Norfolk to begin their annual winter break at Sandringham. Every year I look forward to seeing the Queen at the train station ready to begin her holidays. It makes me feel like Christmas has truly begun, you know?
And here they are arriving at the train station.
No cards yet from Denmark but know that Crown Princess Mary is in her native Australia for a Christmas visit with her family. It sounds like they are on an educational road trip around Western Australia; they have been spotted popping into an IGA and a bakery along the way. In the bakery, Prince Frederick took a selfie with an employee. More on that and their adventure here.
We are guessing they will be back in Denmark for the New Year’s festivities, one of the most formal and important nights of the year for the Royal Family.
Check out our post on some of the Danish Royal’s past Christmas cards here.
Earlier this month, an interview with Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neil was aired (you can check it out here). They were interviewed (in English!) along with Adele and Jamie Oliver.
As far as I know, this is the first extensive interview they have done since they were married and it revealed such tidbits as the fact that they are now living in London where Chris works and will be spending Christmas with Chris’ family in England, after spending some time in December in Sweden. They were both there for the Nobel Prize dinner, so it makes sense that at least Madeleine would have stayed on with their two children for a longer visit.
As for Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Princess Estelle, they have carried on the tradition of releasing an adorable Christmas video – they were filmed baking traditional Swedish treats. In Swedish, Estelle comments “Dad, I think this is very cozy” and at the end she wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.
Not to be left out, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia received several Christmas trees on behalf of the Royal Family (Victoria and Estelle did the honors last year). The trees come from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and the gift of Christmas trees carries on a tradition that began in the 1960s.
The Norwegian Royals have also gotten into the fun of media relations at Christmas. The King and Queen gathered together with Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid, Prince Sverre, and Marius Hoiby to decorate a tree and have their picture taken.
All that hard work calls for a lie down and some cookies, am I right?
There must have been a discussion where the Queen said, “I’ll wear red and you wear green” to Mette-Marit.
A very happy holidays to you all and best wishes for a fantastic year ahead.
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