A run of Christmas cards sent by the Queen and Prince Philip to an employee on the Sandringham Estate show the royals like they’re rarely seen. The cards, dated between 1998 and 2018, include touching as well as amusing photographs of the Royal Family. The lot includes a card for every year between 1998 and 2008.
This photo shows the couple with their children – Princess Anne (pictured beside her husband Timothy Laurence, left), Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and Prince Edward, and their grandchildren Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Princes William and Harry, and Zara Tindall.
The royal couple also took the time to sign each of their Christmas cards.
This card from 2007 shows the Queen with her grandchildren – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Princes William and Harry, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips and Lady Louise Windsor.
The same card from 2007 features a second image of the Queen with her children and their spouses, Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Anne’s husband, Timothy Laurence, and Edward’s wife, Sophie Wessex.
This sweet image, on the 2017 Christmas card, shows the Queen feeding an elephant a banana during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo in England.
The Queen’s Christmas card from 2016 shows her waving at crowds with Prince Philip on the Mall during Trooping the Colour.
This image, featured on the 2004 Christmas card from the Royal household, shows the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh meeting veterans on D-Day.
In 1999, the Queen sent a card that also featured her mother, the Queen Mother. She died at the age of 101 in 2002.
Pictured: The Queen and Prince Phillip’s card in 2000.
Pictured: The Queen and late Prince Philip with their dogs in 2001.
The 2002 card featured a shot from the Golden Jubilee celebrations, which marked the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne.
The couple posed for a formal photograph on a royal staircase for the 2006 Christmas card.
The importance the Queen places on horses is shown in the 2012 Christmas card, which shows a photo of Prince Philip presenting her with a trophy after her horse won The Queen’s Vase on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot.
The photograph featured on the 2014 card showed the Queen and late Prince Philip at the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, Scotland, in July that year.
The photograph used on the 2018 card was taken in October and showed the Queen and Prince Philip at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank. The royal couple welcomed their first child together, a son named August Philip Hawke Brooksbank on February 9, 2021.
The same printed message, ‘With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year’, was included in the card from 1998 to 2008. Pictured: The Christmas card in 2009.
The 2008 card showed Prince Philip wearing a kilt at Crathie Kirk in Scotland, which is best known for being the regular place of worship for the Royal Family when they are in residence at the nearby Balmoral Castle.
This picture from the 2003 Christmas card showed the late Prince Philip in dress uniform for Trooping the Colour.
Prince Philip opted for a bow tie in 2011 while the Queen went with a crown for the Irish State Banquet.
A festive shot for 2010! The Queen and Prince Philip posed beside their Christmas tree for this card.
In 2005, the Queen shared a photograph of her and Prince Philip at a ceremony commemorating the end of the First World War on July 10 that year.
Hats were the theme for the 2013, which showed the monarch and Prince Philip in their finery.
Giving the crowds a wave! The 2015 Christmas card featured a photo of the Queen and Prince Philip at Royal Ascot.