Here’s How to Get a Christmas Card From the Queen of England

When it comes to Christmas traditions, the royal family is not that different than the rest of us. Every year, they gather together in celebration of the holiday season, enjoy a nice meal together, attend a church service, and even send out Christmas cards. Speaking of which, a lot goes into the royal family Christmas card — and there is more than one. Up ahead, we share everything you want to know about the annual royal family Christmas card, including how to get a Christmas card from the queen.

Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas Broadcast 2015

The Queen always sends out Christmas cards | John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Royal family Christmas cards

Like many of us, members of the royal family put together an annual holiday card to share with friends and family — though they likely don’t scramble at last minute to get them out (after all, they have a staff to help them!). Here’s everything you want to know about the royal family Christmas card, plus how to get one from Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip send out 750 Christmas cards

Every year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip mail out around 750 Christmas cards. While that might seem like a lot of postage, the royal family has many people on their nice list! In addition to their shared Christmas card, Prince Philip mails out 200 additional cards to organizations and regiments close to him.

They hand sign every card

According to some reports, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip make their cards as personal as possible. The royals include handwritten signatures in each card and sign their names“Elizabeth R” and “Philip.”

Their cards usually include a photo

As with most holiday cards, the royal family Christmas cards typically include a photo — either of the couple or their entire family. When she was a princess (and not married) Queen Elizabeth used to send cards with a photo of herself.

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry also send out cards

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip aren’t the only ones that get into the holiday spirit with some card-giving. Other members of the family do, too. This year, Kate Middleton and Prince William sent out an adorable Christmas photo of their family (their first one with Prince Louis!). Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also sent holiday greetings with a photo of them standing in front of the fireworks on their royal wedding night. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles sent out two variations: One of the couple, taken for the prince’s 70th birthday and the other a watercolor painting of an island in Scotland (Prince Charles loves his paintings!).

How to get a Christmas card from the queen

Unfortunately, the queen’s Christmas card list is very exclusive. As it turns out, she usually sends cards to family and friends first, then some non-royals like British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers, High Commissioners, and Governor Generals.

While receiving a Christmas card from the queen is not an option for the public (unless they happen to be friends with the royals or purchase them at an auction), you can still get a note from Her Majesty. According to her website, the queen sends out cards to those celebrating their“100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter.” She also sends out cards for “diamond wedding (60th), 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter.” To receive one of these cards, an application must be filled out in advance.

They’re worth some money

Given the exclusivity of the royal family Christmas cards, they are worth a pretty penny. According to BBC, someone once auctioned off 35 royal family Christmas card sent by the queen and Prince Philip between 1959 and 2001. The cards sold for $2,712.

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