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As the festive season gets underway, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, released their annual Christmas card last week showing their young family in front of chopped logs. Prince Charles and Camilla also posted their Christmas card on the official Clarence House Instagram account.
But to celebrate the festive season, online estate agent Emoov has taken seven classic royal Christmas cards, dating back to 1929, and recoloured them.
In one of the pictures, which was taken back in 1989, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh look unrecognisable as they sit smiling in a carriage, holding a bouquet of flowers.
Other pictures show the Queen and Philip alongside Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The picture – which has also been recoloured – was taken in 1965 and marked Edward’s first appearance on a Christmas card at the age of just one.
Queen and Prince Philip unrecognisable as classic royal Christmas card
The Queen, Prince Philip and Charles and Anne in 1956
Another photograph, which was taken in 1956, features the Queen and her husband and two eldest children.
Emoov has also recoloured a Christmas card from 1952 featuring Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The family were pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace waving to royal fans.
In 1945, the Christmas card sent out by the Royal Family featured the Queen’s father, King George, alongside her mother and sister, Margaret.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with two eldest children
The King, Queen and Princesses appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to acknowledge the crowds below.
The picture was signed “George R.I.” and “Elizabeth R” and was taken on VE Day in 1945.
During World War 2, the Royal Family did not fail to send out a Christmas card to the troops fighting overseas.
In 1942, a picture of a young Princess Elizabeth was mailed out on cards to the Grenadier Guards regiment of the British Army, who were fighting in the war.
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Queen Elizabeth with Philip and her children
The Royal Family’s Christmas card in 1945
A quote from Elizabeth said: “It is a great honour and privilege to have been appointed Colonel of the Grenadier Guards and I shall do all in my power to uphold and foster the great traditions of the regiment which I have already learned to love.”
The Queen was appointed the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in 1942 following the death of her great-great-uncle and godfather, Duke of Connaught.
The last picture to have been recoloured is an image of a three-year-old Elizabeth alongside her mother and father.
Taken in 1929, the image was taken just George and Elizabeth were King and Queen.
Princess Elizabeth sends message to troops in 1942
Queen Elizabeth aged 3 with her father and mother
It was one of her first royal Christmas cards ever.
Royal families around the world often celebrate Christmas in different ways but many choose to get into the festive spirit by sharing Christmas cards.
Despite stepping down as working members of the royal family, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning to post their own Christmas card “soon”.
Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, said: “Well one thing we get to indulge in as well at this time of year are royal Christmas cards.
“We’ve got them in, we’re still waiting for the Sussexes’ card, I believe it is on its way.”