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    Royal Christmas Greetings

    See a collection of holiday cards that show the royal family's more intimate moments.

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    Will and Kate's royal family

    Prince George and Princess Charlotte pose with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in a sweet holiday photo.

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    Happy holiday

    The 2015 Christmas card of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The card features a photograph of the royal couple Prince Charles and Camilla taken in Scotland during their summer holiday. 

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    Wintery greetings

    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for their official 2010 Christmas card at their Balmoral Estate in England.

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    Next generation

    Prince Charles chose this image from the day of his son's wedding for his 2011 card. Here, he holds his wife Camilla's granddaughter, Eliza Lopes, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where William and his new bride Catherine made their first public appearance after their nuptials.

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    Blended family

    Britain's Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla selected this family photograph taken at their wedding for their 2005 Christmas card. The photograph features Charles' sons, Prince Harry, (far left) and Prince William (2nd L), Camilla's children Laura (2nd R) and Tom Parker Bowles, (far right) gathered around Charles and Camilla in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, west of London. It is the first time Camilla has appeared on Charles' Christmas card. 

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    Show of unity

    The queen poses with her children and grandchildren for this 1998 Christmas card.

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    Difficult year

    The queen chose this image for her annual greeting in 1997, four months after the death of Diana and a year after Prince Andrew split from his wife, Sarah Ferguson. The queen came under heavy criticism in the days and months following Diana's death for her seemingly cold reaction and inability to connect with the people's grief.

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    Lover of the outdoors

    The queen relaxes outdoors with her husband in this photo used for their card in 1996.

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    Formal greetings

    In this portrait, the queen poses with the Duke of Edinburgh for their 1995 Christmas card. That year, the queen wrote to both Charles and Diana, asking them to divorce.

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    On the move

    The royal couple make their way around in a Range Rover, surrounded by colorful flags, in this 1994 photo.

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    Down time

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip relax with one of their Corgis in this photo that graced their 1990 Christmas card. 

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    Kilts for all

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose with their grandchildren, Princes William and Harry, and Peter and Zara Phillips, in this more formal photo used on their 1987 card. 

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    Blazing saddles

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip chose this image from the queen's official birthday celebration, the Trooping of the Colour, for their 1986 Christmas card.

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    Growing up

    Prince Charles and Diana pose with their two young sons and their dog in this 1986 photo. Years later, it came out that despite their happy smiles, the royal couple's marriage was already on the rocks, just five years after their fairy-tale wedding.

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    Christmas Corgis

    The Queen Mother sits happily with her Corgis in her gardens at the Castle of Mey, in northern Scotland, where she spent several weeks each summer, in this 1986 Christmas card.

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    Happy on horseback

    Prince William holds on to his baby brother, Prince Harry, as they pose on a pony next to their parents in 1985, the year William started school. His mother described the young prince in a TV interview that year as a "typical 3-year-old," who was "not at all shy and very polite. Whereas Harry is more quiet and just watches."

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    New addition

    Born just three months before Christmas, Prince Harry makes his first appearance on a royal Christmas card in this 1984 greeting. An excited Prince William hams it up for the camera.

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    Proud papa

    Prince Charles, wearing his Scottish kilt, looks on proudly as his wife holds their 1 year-old son, William, in this 1983 Christmas card.

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    And baby makes three

    A year after their wedding, Prince Charles and Diana chose a photo with new baby William for their 1982 Christmas card.

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    Full of hope

    Charles and Diana chose their wedding portrait for their 1981 Christmas greeting. 

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