The 750 people receiving a Christmas card from the Queen this year


Hundreds of people will soon be getting a very special delivery in the mailbox from Buckingham Palace.

Every year, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh send out around 750 Christmas cards, featuring a royal 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 cyphers.

So who are the lucky recipients?

The official royal family website explains that while the cards are sent out to “family, friends and Members of the Royal Household” — there are plenty of non-royals who also make the cut.

British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers (Malcolm Turnbull just missed out, but Scott Morrison will likely be receiving one), Governor-Generals (Sir Peter Cosgrove will be on the list) and High Commissions also usually receive a card.

Prince Philip sends out an extra 200 Christmas cards to “different regiments and organisations close to him”.

Other members of the royal family have also sent out 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 out a separate card featuring their children. We may even see the first official Christmas card from 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 sold at an auction in Gloucestershire last year for $2712.

But it’s not just cards Her Majesty sends out this Christmas.

All members of the Royal Household will receive actual presents from the Queen, and she’ll also give out around 1500 Christmas puddings to palace staff, court post office workers, and palace police as a “thank you” for their service.

The pudding tradition is one that was also followed by her father, King George VI, and her grandfather, George V.

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

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