The Evolution of the Royal Family's Christmas Card
Like all holiday traditions, the release of the annual royal Christmas card has become one we look forward to each year. For more than a century, the British monarchy has sent their season's greetings to friends and family in the form of a charming portrait and sweet message scribbled inside a card. And every year, we get to witness the royals' ever-evolving family tree.
From formal group snapshots of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip alongside their four children to candid family moments between Prince William and Kate Middleton's expanding brood, scroll below to see how times have changed for the royal family — decade by decade.
Queen Elizabeth's grandparents Queen Mary and King George V lent their support to the troops battling WWI.
Nearly three decades later, a young Princess Elizabeth provided Christmas greetings to soldiers during WWII.
Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne pose alongside their parents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Perhaps paving the path for today's tradition of relaxed royal snaps, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip enjoy a candid moment with their children and family dogs.
The royals welcome Prince Edward — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's youngest child — in a card dated 1965.
Wishing for warmer weather, the royals gather around a speedboat.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are surrounded by their four grown children in 1976.
The Queen's beloved corgis make their debut in the family's Christmas card in 1979.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles complete their brood with the addition of baby Harry.
William and Harry show off their cheekier sides in a laid-back portrait with mom and dad.
Prince Charles dons his military uniform, while Diana looks ladylike in a white skirt suit and matching hat. Harry and Will follow their parents's lead in formal suits.
Before their separation, Princess Diana and Prince Charles posed with Will and Harry for their final card as a family of four.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip coordinate in baby blue for their 1993 card.
In 1997, Queen Elizabeth was feeling the Christmas spirit in an emerald green dress pinned with a classic brooch.
Newlyweds Prince Charles and Camilla used a photo from their wedding that features Prince William and Prince Harry alongside their step-siblings for the couple's 2005 Christmas card.
Kate and Will celebrate their first Christmas as foursome.
After a decade of marriage, Prince Charles and Camilla shared a snap from their trip to Scotland in August.
A candid photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children during the family's tour to Victoria, BC was distributed to friends and family.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall look dashing a photo taken from Camilla's 70th birthday party.
Photographer Chris Jackson captured Will, Kate, George, and Charlotte coordinating in shades of blue for the 2017 holiday season.
Kate and William Share their first Christmas photo as a family of five.
In addition to Prince Louis, this year also saw Meghan Markle join the royal family when she married Prince Harry in a fairytale ceremony this May. For the couple's first Christmas card, they sent out a never-before-seen shot from the special day.
The Queen poses with portraits and cards from Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as Charles and Camila.
Prince William and Kate Middleton share an adorable family portrait by Matt Porteous.
Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall share their official Christmas portrait.