Royal Christmas Cards 2022

Merry Christmas to all of our readers celebrating around the world! Royals have been releasing a plethora Christmas Cards and Messages this month, often with a family photo and/or a video. After the success of previous years, we are compiling the Royal Christmas Cards of 2022 alongside the various Christmas/New Year’s Speeches (which will be updated here as they are released)!

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Crown Prince Leka II and Crown Princess Elia of Albania shared a photograph taken with baby Princess Geraldine.


The Belgian Royal Family’s Christmas Card features a new photo of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium with the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eléonore taken by Bas Bogaerts earlier this year.


King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s first Christmas Card as Sovereigns features an image taken by Samir Hussein at the Breamear Gathering in September, less than a week before the Accession of King Charles III.

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ Christmas Card has an image with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis that was taken by the photographer Matt Porteous earlier this year near the family’s home at Amner Hall in Norfolk. 

The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s Christmas Card features a sweet tribute to the late Queen, with an image with the Queen from the Ceremony of the Keys in Edinburgh in July,  and an image of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh which was taken by the Countess at Balmoral, with the phrase:

In Memory of Happy Days.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Christmas Card was released by their Archewell Foundation and has a photo taken in New York City earlier this month. 


The Danish Royal Family’s Christmas Calendar runs daily from December 1st through to Christmas Eve, with this year’s theme as “Christmas behind the Palace Windows” that features members of the Royal Family and Royal Household around the Royal Residences.

Queen Margrethe explained the Royal Family’s Christmas Traditions:

“From Christmas 1947, when my father, as you may remember, had become king, my parents decided that we should celebrate Christmas Eve over in Trend, and there it thus was the rest of our childhood, until I was married. Our grandmother was with us until Christmas, and she enjoyed it to that extent. Her birthday was 24 December and, of course, she had never really been allowed to have her birthday to herself, but father made a big point of it that, until we had to go to church, it was grandmother’s birthday. So, she was fêted early in the forenoon with birthday cake and gifts and candles lit in the drawing room. After I began to celebrate Christmas at Marselisborg Palace, and that has been many years ago by now, I still like it just as much, because it is also a lovely place to celebrate Christmas.”

“We have really built up Christmas traditions – we go to church, we eat Christmas dinner, we go to the Christmas tree and open Christmas presents. We sing a little, but we don’t dance around the Christmas tree. The funny thing is that neither in my father’s family nor in my mother’s family was there a tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree, so I have never really been involved in that. Then, there is Christmas dinner, of course, and we are quite traditional with that. That is to say, it’s a blend of Danish tradition, a little from my husband, but also from my mother. We begin with rice pudding, and there is one almond – no matter whether there are many or not so many present – and thus I have provided for one almond gift, which can be entertaining for both adults or children. Then, we have roasted goose – not always in the typical Danish manner, but always roasted goose.”

“Then, we finish with my mother’s tradition, which was English plum pudding, which is a very substantial cake with lots of spices, and then, finally, it has to burn – you pour a little hot cognac on, then you light it, and then it’s standing ready with blue flames. I have to say that I don’t really think it has been Christmas Eve if we haven’t had plum pudding, so we have had that every time. And, not least, my Australian-born daughter-in-law thinks it’s great when she is there, because she then gets plum pudding. This year, it’s going to be a bit exciting because I myself have to celebrate Christmas somewhere other than at my own place. My sister, Princess Benedikte, and I are invited to celebrate Christmas Eve with some good friends in Jutland, and we are very much looking forward to that.”

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are on Holiday in Australia with Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, from where they shared a photo and this message:   

Merry Christmas from “Down Under” – where we celebrate Christmas in Tasmania.

Here there is neither frost degrees nor just trees but summer and warm weather.


Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece shared a photo with Prince Constantine Alexios, Princess Maria Olympia, Prince Achileas-Andreas, Prince Odysseas, and Prince Aristidis.


Crown Prince Mohamed Ali and Crown Princess Noal of Egypt were joined by their twins as they sent their wishes for 2023, though the photograph was from the same session as their 2022 Card. 



The Prince and Princess of Venice shared an image with Princess Vittoria and Princess Luisa of Savoy, which was taken in Paris.


Unlike previous years, the Jordanian Royal Family’s Holiday Card was not officially released, but recipients shared the image of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem. 


Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa shared their Christmas and New Year Card with mostly previously released photographs of their five children and all their grandchildren. 

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie had a photo session with Prince Charles, while wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The Princely Family’s Christmas Card features a painting of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene with Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco.


The Norwegian Royal Family’s annual holiday photo session was cancelled after King Harald V was admitted into the hospital, and though he has since been released, only an image of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit with Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus with the message:

The Crown Prince family would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! 

 It was a slightly different pre-Christmas time this year and the Crown Prince family thanks everyone for all the concern that has been received while the King has been in the hospital, and is very happy that he is now home. 


Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania shared their Card which has the message:

Without our warmest thoughts for Christmas

May the New Year bring you hope and harmony

Former Prince Nicolas of Romania shared photos with his wife, Alina Maria, and children, Maria-Alexandra and Mihai, in a festive Christmas scene. 


King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia’s Christmas Card featured a photo of only the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia, while King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofias Christmas Card has a Nativity Scene from the Palacio de los Austrias de El Escorial.


For their annual Christmas Video, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were joined by Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar on a visit the Royal Opera in Stockholm to see a performance of the ballet Cinderella. Before the curtain went up, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar got to meet some of the opera house’s staff to learn more about the Royal Opera.

The Netherlands

The Dutch Royal Family’s Christmas Card shows King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima with the Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane taken during the Princess of Orange’s 18th Birthday Celebrations. Their message written in five languages:

Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year


Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven also shared their Christmas Card. 


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