Who will receive a Christmas card from the Queen, Prince Philip?

adminNovember 25, 2018

Hundreds of people will soon receive a very special delivery in the Buckingham Palace mailbox.

Each year, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh send around 750 Christmas cards, with a real photo.

The personal cards, which the monarch has been sending since her first Christmas as Queen in 1952, always include the handwritten signatures of "Elizabeth R" and "Philip", along with their official ciphers.

So, who are the lucky recipients?

The official website of the royal family explains that, although the cards are sent to "relatives, friends and members of the royal family," there are many non-royals who also face it.

The British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers (Malcolm Turnbull has just lost, but Scott Morrison will probably receive one), the Governors General (Sir Peter Cosgrove will be on the list) and the High Commissions also receive a card.

Prince Philip sends 200 additional Christmas cards to "different regiments and organizations close to him".

Other members of the royal family have also sent their own cards over the years, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

In more recent years, Charles has shared a card with his second wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Now that Prince William has started his own family with Kate Middleton, they send a separate card with their children. We can even see the first official Christmas card of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex this year.

According to BBC News, a collection of 35 Christmas cards sent by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip between 1959 and 2001 were sold at an auction in Gloucestershire last year for $ 2712.

But they are not just cards that His Majesty sends this Christmas.

All members of the Royal House will receive royal gifts from the Queen, and will also deliver around 1500 Christmas puddings to the palace staff, to the employees of the court post office and to the palace police as "thank you" for their service .

The pudding tradition was also followed by his father, King George VI, and his grandfather, Jorge V.

The Queen will also donate Christmas trees to Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Giles Cathedral, Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, and churches and schools in the Sandringham area.

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