Royal Christmas Cards 2016

Royals have been releasing Christmas cards this month, often with a family photo and message.Here are the christmas cards and photos from 14 countries.  As always, click on the highlighted or underlined words to get to the comprehensive post on the Royal, event, or country.


Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia of Albania released their first Christmas photo as newlyweds, in front of a Christmas tree with their two beloved dogs. In the past, they have also released Christmas Photos together. The message read Të dashur miq,
Ju urojmë Festa të Gëzuara! Kjo është java më e bukur e vitit, ku të gjithë bashkohemi në familje, festojmë e dhurojmë dashuri. Në këtë fund dhjetori dëshirojmë të shprehim një mendim të ngrohtë dhe të vecantë për të gjithë ata që nuk i kanë të afërmit pranë! Ju mbajmë në zemër!“, which translates into “Dear friends, Holiday wish you enjoyed! This is the most beautiful week of the year where everyone in the family unite, celebrate the love we give. At the end of December would like to express a really warm and special for all those who do not have relatives nearby! You hold in your heart!


King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium released a Christmas Card photo with their four children; Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eléonore, with the message “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” on Twitter. The King’s brother, Prince Laurent, and his family also released a Christmas card.


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The Duke of Edinburgh‘s Christmas card featured a picture of the Queen and Duke at the Patron’s Lunch in June. Clarence House on Twitter released the Christmas Card of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, which included a picture taken of them in Croatia in March and a message saying “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year“. Prince Harry’s private Christmas Card, which he sent to the Radetic family, said “Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year” with an additional handwritten “and thank you for making my Christmas Card!” It features an image of the Prince with the children of the Radetic Family.


Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik released a family photo with their eight grandchildren on Instagram. The caption reads; “Juleaften 2016.Regentparret med deres otte børnebørn foran det pyntede juletræ på Marselisborg Slot. Glædelig jul.“, which translates into “On Christmas Eve 2016th The royal couple with their eight grandchildren in front of the decorated Christmas tree at Marselisborg Castle. Merry Christmas.


The Duke and Duchess of Württemberg released a family photo and card with the message; “Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year” in five languages.


King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie‘s Christmas card features a photo of the King and Queen with their Grandchildren. Crown Princess Marie Chantal released the Christmas Card photo on her Instagram, which features her five children; Princess Maria-Olympia, Prince Constantine-Alexios, Prince Achileas-Andreas, Prince Odysseas-Kimon, and Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece and Denmark. Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece released a photo on Instagram with the message “Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones.


Prince Carlos and Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Parma, claimants to the headship of the House of the Bourbon Two Sicilies,  released a photo with their children for Christmas. The Duke and Duchess of Apulia, son and daughter in law of the Duke of Savoy Aosta, released a card which featured a picture of their three children, as well as the initials of everyone in their family; Aimone, Olga, Umberto, Amedeo, and Isabella.


Princess Tessy of Luxembourg released the family Christmas Photo on Instagram with the caption “We wish you all a beautiful and blessed Christmas season ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️😘😘😘✨✨✨ paper cards will follow (did not get the time yet to do this 😝😬😬😬) much love and happiness to you all. #love #happiness #family #newyear#newadventures


Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco released their Christmas card and a few other pictures with the message “LL.AA.SS. le Prince Albert, la Princesse Charlène et leurs enfants le Prince Héréditaire Jacques et la Princesse Gabriella, vous souhaitent un joyeux Noël et vous adressent leurs meilleurs vœux pour 2017.” which translates into “TSH’Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and their children the hereditary Prince Jacques and princess Gabriella, wish you a Merry Christmas and you send their best wishes for 2017.

The Netherlands

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands released a photo with the message “Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year” in five languages.


In the afternoon of December 20th, the King, Queen and Crown Princely family gathered at the gazebo in Dronningparken in Oslo for this year’s Christmas photoshoot. Princess Ingrid Alexandra served her family tangerines, gingerbread and mulled wine from cups painted by Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner.


Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu of Romania released their Christmas card, which features the message; “With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year” in Romanian, English, and French.


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King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain released their official Christmas card on December 12th, which features a photo of the family taken at Zarzuela Palace at the end of November. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also released a Christmas Card.


Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden released their annual Christmas video, this time of a family outing to Tyresta National Park, and features Prince Oscar for the first time.


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