How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 2019 Christmas Card Compares to Past Royal Family Holiday Greetings

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make Archie Harrison the focus of their Christmas card as the family celebrates the holidays away from the royals

By Cydney Contreras Dec 24, 2019 12:56 AMTags
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spreading joy and cheer with their family Christmas card.

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to celebrate Archie Harrison's first Christmas, they're sending warm wishes to their friends, family, colleagues and more with the cutest Christmas card ever. Archie Harrison crawls front and center for the adorable black and white pic, with his parents looking lovingly upon him in the background.

According to royal reporter, Omid Scobie, the candid photo was taken by the Duchess' good friend and actress Janina Gavankar, and was turned into a GIF so people could see twinkling glitter. It was also sent to all recipients in an e-card form in order to be more environmentally friendly. 

The royal family has been taking Christmas photos since the beginning of the 20th century, so Meghan and Harry's card is hardly revolutionary. That being said, this modern greeting signifies a new era for the royal family. After all, this is the first time a greeting's been sent in GIF form. 

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To see how Meghan and Harry's new card compares to years past, check out the gallery below!

1942

A Christmas card from Princess Elizabeth, who would become Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, to the Grenadier Guards regiment of the British Army during World War II.

1965

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh appear alongside their children, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew at Omega Auctions in Stockport.

1969

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh appear alongside their children, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.

1979

The royal family poses for their 1979 holiday card. 

1987

Prince Charles and then-wife Princess Diana appear with sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

1988

Prince Charles and then-wife Princess Diana appear with sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

1999

Prince Charles appears with sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

2012

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, take part in The Thames River Pageant, as part of the Diamond Jubilee, marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

2013

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watch horses in the parade ring from the Royal Box on the second day of Royal Ascot.

2014

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, appear at the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony.

2015

Prince Harry is seen with Battle of Britain veteran Tom Neil during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of victory in the Battle of Britain at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex. The Prince said the meeting was one most memorable moments of 2015.

2015

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte appear in a photograph taken the previous October at Kensington Palace.

2016

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, appear on a royal tour of Croatia, where they met local performers wearing traditional dress in Tvrda, the old town of the city of Osijek.

2017

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte appear in a photograph taken earlier in the year, before the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy with her third child was revealed.

2017

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are pictured in July in the Orchard Room at Highgrove House on her 70th birthday.

2018

Prince Louis makes his Christmas card debut alongside his 5-year-old brother and 3-year-old sister, who pose with their proud parents at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. 

2018

For their very first Christmas card as a married couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a never-before-seen snapshot from their wedding day. 

2018

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall pose in the garden of Clarence House. 

2019

"Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared to their Instagram followers alongside this photo of Harry with Archie Harrison. "We've loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can't wait to meet many more of you next year."

2019

The holiday greeting features a picture of Prince Charles and Camilla driving in Havana during their visit to Cuba earlier this year.

2020

Prince Louis takes center stage alongside the Cambridge crew for their 2020 Christmas card. 

2020

For their 2020 photo opp, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are all smiles inside the garden at Birkhall, Scotland.