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Archie's inquisitive stare on his family's festive e-card, and all the best royal Christmas cards since 1914.

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Every year, since 1914, the royal family have released a Christmas card in the lead up to the festive holiday.

The tradition began when George V and Queen Mary sent an individual portrait of themselves to the troops fighting in WWI and the practice stuck.

This means come December, we commoners get a glimpse into the royal family, featuring behind-the-scenes snippets from the year past.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have today released their 2019 Christmas card, featuring baby Archie centre-frame in their environmentally-friendly GIF style e-card.

The seven-month-old can be seen crawling towards the camera while his parents laugh in the background.

“Merry Christmas and a happy new year, from our family to yours,” reads the message.

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The photo was, according to The Telegraph, taken by the Duchess’ friend Janina Gavankar, an American actress and musician.

The family of three aren’t joining the traditional Sandringham Christmas this year, instead, they’re spending the holiday in Canada where Meghan filmed Suits.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family shot was leaked on social media. Instagram account @duchess.dairies reported the Duchess of Cambridge sent this card to the Royal Air Force Cadets. The photo features herself, Prince William and their three children wearing shades of blue.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall released their official Christmas card on Friday, featuring a photo from their trip to Cuba.

Prince Charles and Camilla travelled there as part of a larger tour of the Caribbean, making the first official visit by a member of the royal family to the country.

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The photo was taken in Havana and features the couple in a vintage MG.

While we’re feeling festive (and nostalgic), join us as we take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the royal Christmas cards from years gone past.

2018

Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared an intimate black and white photo from their wedding reception at Frogmore House as their Christmas card. Meanwhile, Prince William and Duchess Catherine went for a traditional family portrait at Anmer Hall.

 

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2017

Can you tell Prince William and Duchess Kate really like blue?

 

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In 2017, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's Christmas card featured a photo from Camilla's private 70th birthday party. Image: Getty.
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2016

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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's 2016 Christmas card features a photo from their royal tour of Croatia. Image: Getty.

2015

Prince Harry's 2015 card featured a photo of him with Battle of Britain veteran Tom Neil.

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2013

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This Christmas card features a rare candid moment of Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles. The couple were watching horses at the 2013 Royal Ascot. Image: Getty.

2005

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Charles and Camilla chose a family picture from their wedding as their Christmas card photo in 2005. Image: Getty.

1999

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Prince Charles is photographed with his sons Prince William and Prince Harry two years after Princess Diana's death in 1997. Image: Getty.
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1995

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A selection of letters and Christmas cards Princess Diana sent to a former housekeeper. The bottom right card features the late Princess' Christmas card from 1995 after her divorce from Prince Charles. Image: Getty.

1982

1982 marked Prince William's first appearance on a royal Christmas card, posing with Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

 

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1986

Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William take a photo with their Jack Russell Terrier. This may be our favourite photo of them all.

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1989

Prince Harry, 5, Prince William, 7, are all smiles in the royal Christmas card of 1989.

 

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1979

The royal Christmas card of 1979 saw the family posing with their dogs. From left to right, it features Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Andrew. Princess Anne's son, Peter Phillips, can also be seen in the background of the photo, towards the left.

 

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1969

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A very glam looking Queen Elizabeth chose this photo of her with Charles the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and the Philip the Duke of Edinburgh onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia during a visit to Norway. Image: Getty.

1942

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Queen Elizabeth's 1942 Christmas card to the Grenadier Guards regiment of the British Army. At the time they were fighting during WWII. Image: Getty.
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1939 Princess Margaret (9yo) and Princess Elizabeth (13yo) appear in the 1939 royal Christmas photo. Image: Getty.

1914

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The first royal Christmas card was sent in 1914 by George V and Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth II's grandparents) to troops fighting in World War I. Image: Getty.

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