20 Rarely Seen Royal Family Christmas Photos
Ah, Christmas. ‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year for everyone, and that includes the royal family. These photos, rarely seen, depict some of the royal family’s most special Christmas moments.
A royal Christmas
The royal family always seems to be in the public eye, but some celebrations are a little more private. Take a look at these rarely seen photos of the royal around the holidays. For a deeper inside look at how the royal family spends their holidays, check out how the royal family decorates their Christmas tree.
Queen Victoria’s Christmas tree, 1848
This colorful engraving of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert admiring their Christmas tree at Windsor Castle with four of the nine children they’d eventually have together appeared in the Illustrated London News in December 1848. Queen Victoria is known as the “grandmother of Europe” because she had so many children, many of whom had many children and married members of royal families across Europe. She’s also the mutual great-great-grandmother of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which is just one of the ways these two are related.
Princess Mary supports WW I soldiers at Christmas
In 1914, with World War I in full swing, Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V and his wife, Queen Mary, asked the people of Great Britain to help provide a Christmas gift to every serviceman and woman both at home and abroad. This photo on the front cover of Tatler was part of her campaign. As the first-born daughter of the King, Princess Mary was to Great Britain in 1914 what Princess Anne is to Great Britain in 2019. These nostalgic Christmas photos that will take you back a century or more.
Queen Mary doing her Christmas shopping in 1922
The wife of King George V, Queen Mary (born Mary of Teck) opens the holiday shopping season with a visit to Harrods department store in London, where she purchased many of her Christmas gifts.
A past Christmas for the Queen
King George VI and his family attended an early morning Christmas service on December 25, 1936. From left to right in the front of the photo are King George VI, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret Rose, and Queen Elizabeth. This is what Queen Elizabeth II gives her staff for Christmas.
A princess and her mum see a Christmas show in 1937
In 1937, the future Queen, Princess Elizabeth, goes to a children’s Christmas show with her mum, Queen Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI and later The Queen Mother.
Queen Elizabeth II’s first Christmas as Queen
Queen Elizabeth II’s first Christmas as Queen was in 1952. Here she’s pictured with two of her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne (her two younger children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born later) as well as her sister, Princess Margaret (in the corner of the car window), greeting crowds who call out “Happy Christmas” greetings. Don’t this these 13 “facts” about the Queen that aren’t true.
Royal corgi Christmas
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The Queen arrives in London with her royal corgis and her two youngest sons, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, where they spent Christmas before returning to Sandringham. This is what the royal family eats on Christmas day, according to their personal chef.
Leaving Christmas service
Here the royal family is seen leaving the Christmas service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in 1968. In the foreground of the photo, you can see Queen Elizabeth II holding the hand of her youngest son, Prince Edward while talking to her husband Prince Philip.