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30 Sweet Photos of the Royal Family Celebrating Christmas

From Her Majesty's inaugural Christmas address in 1952 to Meghan Markle's first holiday appearance as a member of the royal family.
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The House of Windsor sure knows how to celebrate the holidays. In addition to the royals' annual engagements (the Queen's televised address and the whole family's attendance at Christmas Day services in Sandringham), they still manage to make time for classic Christmas traditions. Here, we've rounded up the best photos of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and more royal family members getting into the holiday spirit.

1943


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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret put on a royal production of 'Aladdin' at Windsor Castle for Christmas.

1944


The following year, Elizabeth and Margaret starred in a Christmas production of 'Old Mother Red Riding Boots' at Windsor Castle.

1944


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Elizabeth and Margaret pose with the full cast of 'Old Mother Red Riding Boots.'

1952


Queen Elizabeth made her first Christmas radio broadcast to the U.K. from Sandringham House in 1952.

1953


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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand on Christmas Day. A man dressed as Santa gives presents to the Governor General's daughters.

1957


As the technology changed, so did the Queen's Christmas addresses, and in 1957, her message was televised for the first time. The desk is decorated with portraits of Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

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1969


Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth inspect their Christmas tree during the filming of a TV special.

1971


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A still from the Queen's Christmas Broadcast, showing her with her sons Prince Andrew (left) and Prince Edward (center).

1978


The Queen with her daughter, Princess Anne, and grandson Peter Phillips, during the 1978 Christmas broadcast.

1982


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Princess Diana and Prince Charles with a young Prince William at Kensington Palace around Christmastime.

1988


Prince Harry dressed as a Shepherd for his school's Christmas play.

1988


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Prince William tries on a fireman's helmet at the Sandringham Museum Of Royal Vehicles And Cars during the Christmas holidays.

1990


Prince Harry and Prince William sit in a horse-drawn carriage with Santa.

1992


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Princess Diana attends a lunch with author and politician, Lord Jeffrey Archer and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Denis Healey, both dressed as Santa Claus.

1993


Princess Diana turns on the Christmas lights in Bond Street, Central London.

1995


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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attend a Christmas performance of Cinderella.

1997


Prince William attends the Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church.

1997


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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at the annual Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church, carrying their presents.

1999


The Duchess of York takes her daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, to meet Santa at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children party.

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2001


Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex, attend a ballet adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

2004


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Prince Charles hosts a Christmas party with children suffering from Leukemia. Here, the kids watch Sergeant Mark Bevan of the Queen's Dragoon put ornaments on the tree with his sword.

2004


At Buckingham Palace, Prince Andrew poses with dancers from the English National Ballet.

2006


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Prince Charles greets Santa and his helper at the 'Not Forgotten Association' reception at St James's Palace.

2012


Prince Harry poses with a small tree and Christmas hat at Camp Bastion on December 12, 2012 in Afghanistan.

2014


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Kate Middleton helps wrap Christmas presents at the Northside Center for Child Development in New York City.

2016


Prince William decorates a gingerbread house at a Christmas party for volunteers of the Mix youth service.

2017


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Prince William gives Santa his son Prince George's Christmas list.

2017


The royal family (with Meghan Markle for the first time!) attends traditional Christmas Day church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

2018


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Meghan and Kate share a smile on the walk in to St. Mary Magdalene church. See more photos from this year's celebration here.

2018


Queen Elizabeth arriving at the annual church services. Prince Philip, while in fine health, chose not to attend this year.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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