A series of Christmas cards sent by the Queen and Prince Philip to a staff member at the Sandringham Estate shows the royals as if they are rarely seen. The cards, dated between 1998 and 2018, contain both touching and funny photos of the royal family. The lot contains a map for each year between 1998 and 2008.
This photo shows the couple with their children – Princess Anne (pictured next to 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 2007 card shows the Queen with her grandchildren – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Princes William and Harry, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips and Lady Louise Windsor.
The same 2007 card features a second image of the Queen with her children and their husbands, Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Anne’s husband, Timothy Laurence, and Edward’s wife, Sophie Wessex.
This sweet image, featured on the 2017 Christmas card, shows the queen feeding an elephant a banana while visiting England’s Whipsnade Zoo.
The Queen’s 2016 Christmas card shows her waving to crowds with Prince Philip on the Mall during Trooping the Colour.
Featured on the Royal Family’s 2004 Christmas card, this image shows the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh meeting veterans on D-Day.
In 1999, the Queen sent a card that also showed her mother, the Queen Mother. She died at the age of 101 in 2002.
Pictured: The Queen and Prince Phillip’s map in 2000.
Pictured: The Queen and the late Prince Philip with their dogs in 2001.
The 2002 card featured a photo of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, marking the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.
The pair posed for a formal photo on a royal staircase for the 2006 Christmas card.
The Queen’s importance to horses is shown in the 2012 Christmas card, which features 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 photo on the 2014 map showed the Queen and the late Prince Philip at the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, Scotland, in July of that year.
The photo 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, “Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year,” was included on the card from 1998 to 2008. Pictured: The Christmas card in 2009.
The 2008 map showed Prince Philip wearing a kilt at Crathie Kirk in Scotland, best known as the regular place of worship for the royal family when in residence at nearby Balmoral Castle.
This photo from the 2003 Christmas card showed the late Prince Philip in uniform for Trooping the Colour.
Prince Philip opted for a bow tie in 2011, while the Queen went for the Irish State Banquet with a crown.
A festive photo for 2010! For this card, the Queen and Prince Philip posed next to their Christmas tree.
In 2005, the Queen shared a photo of her and Prince Philip at a ceremony commemorating the end of World War I on July 10 of that year.
Hats were the theme for the 2013, which showed the monarch and Prince Philip in their finery.
Give the crowd a wave! The 2015 Christmas card featured a photo of the Queen and Prince Philip at Royal Ascot.