Every Christmas Day we’re treated to new snaps of the Royal Family making their way to church for the festive service.
Covid has ruined the Queen’s plans for a big celebration at Sandringham, but she’ll still have a smaller affair with core members of the Firm.
We’ll only catch a glimpse of Her Majesty on the telly during the holiday season so to keep our spirits high, we’ve dug through the archives to bring you joyous photographs of the Royal Family from Christmases past.
From sweet Prince Harry in his shepherd’s outfit to Her Majesty dressing a Christmas tree, here’s a reminder of their jollier holidays.
Harry the Shepherd
Participating in the Christmas nativity is a longstanding tradition in the Royal Family.
Back in 1988, four-year-old Prince Harry stepped out in his festive attire for what we can only assume was a tear-inducing performance for his mum Princess Diana.
Harry was given the role of a shepherd in his school nativity play and one lucky photographer snapped this cute picture.
Young Harry popped a poncho over his checked shirt and a fancy blue tea towel on his head. Paired with his patent black shoes and knee-high socks, you can’t help but coo!
Back in December 2018, Duchess Meghan visited Brinsworth House in Twickenham to meet some of Britain’s most famous ex-entertainers.
Affectionately known as the Old Pros' Paradise – the house in Twickenham has played host to stars like Norman Wisdom and EastEnders’ Leslie Grantham.
During the Duchess’ visit she met 70s heartthrob Richard O’Sullivan, sang carols with residents and helped create a Christmas collage with a chap who just couldn’t take his eyes off her – how sweet!
Christmas Tree Queen
The Queen popped by a new national children’s centre in 2018 to decorate its towering tree – and she really got into the Christmas spirit.
One of the children directed Her Majesty to pop her decoration on a specific tree branch.
She, of course, placed it on with perfect precision and helped the little girl fix hers on too.
Her Majesty has a soft spot for children, including her great grandchild and heir to the throne Prince George.
And she loves a good Christmas tree – staff erected a 20ft beauty at Windsor this year.
Diana meets Santa
Princess Diana was loved for her charitable nature, and Great Ormond Street Hospital was a big part of her life.
She visited sick children in December 1987 and gave Santa Claus a helping hand to dish out Christmas presents.
The People’s Princess became patron of the hospital from 1989 until her death.
Christmas with Kate
The Duchess of Cambridge jumps into action at Christmastime to give Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte a happy holiday.
As patron of Family Action, she makes vulnerable children her priority too.
In 2019, Kate dressed up in red and green to hear about the charity’s hard work at Peterley Country Farm.
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She joined children from Family Action preschools at the Elf Workshop to make eco-friendly reindeer food and Christmas decorations – we bet her kids were jealous.
And it looks like she’d picked her favourite tree, too!
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