Christmas is a very “royal” time of year for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The country waits excitedly for the Queen’s annual Christmas speech and thousands line up the walk to the church at Sandringham. Christmas day at Sandringham is filled with royal traditions, from the many outfit changes to the order in which they open gifts. William and Kate will surely bundle up Prince George and join the royal family at the vast estate this holiday season.
When it comes to Christmas, the ever-so-elegant Kate is sure to send Christmas cards. While her press office will send off formal cards to well wishers, and Kate and William will send cards to acquaintances and colleagues, the Duchess herself might choose to send cards to close friends and family that are more personal. Here are our favorite Christmas cards that Kate might choose:
Kensington Palace Christmas Cards from the Historic Royal Palaces foundation
These cards are so perfect for Kate! With Kensington Palace in the background, snow on the ground, and a brunette princess playing with a black dog (hmmm…sound familiar?!) in the foreground, these are a great choice for the Cambridges. The cards are made in the UK and support the historical preservation of Kensington Palace, along with the other Historic Royal Palaces of the United Kingdom. You can purchase them here.
Smythson City of London Christmas Cards
Kate loves quality products and she obviously loves London, so we found a combination of the two! Smython’s City of London Christmas Card pack are beautiful quality paper with the cutest illustration of London. These boast a heavy price tag, but the recipients will be impressed by your impeccable taste in stationery. You can purchase them here.
Working Together Christmas Cards from EACH
How cute are these cards?! With Kate’s country upbringing, their affections for preservation, and their love of the English countryside, these Christmas cards are simply darling. The adorable farm animals decorate a beautiful tree in a snowy meadow – it is simply picturesque!! Even better, the cards support East Anglia Children’s Hospice, a patronage near to Kate’s heart. You can purchase them here.
Tips on writing Christmas cards like Kate
- Send cards to everyone who sends one to you! Anticipate plenty of correspondence. Everyone loves a mantle filled with Christmas cards, even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, so make sure you give as much as you get!
- Be generous in your writing! Don’t just write “Dear Pippa, …. Love, Kate” The card doesn’t speak for you! Wish them a happy Christmas, a wonderful new year, and lots of presents under the tree.
- Make cards as personal as possible. Writing to a friend, family member or colleague? Add personal details to the card! Wish them a “very warm holiday!” if they live in a chilly region, or “a day of wonderful memories!” for new parents or newly married couples. Writing to your dentist? Maybe a little less personal…
- Send them early! Aim to send your cards by December 10 at the very latest. It simply isn’t fun to receive a Christmas card in January
How to write a Christmas card to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
If you love Will and Kate as much as we do, you will surely want to send them some Christmas joy! While you may not receive a personalized response, you will still be celebrating the spirit of the season!
Christmas cards to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should be addressed as follows:
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
London W8 4PU
Be certain to include your return address, written very clearly, on the envelope. You should address William and Kate as “Their Royal Highnesses,” even though it feels a bit silly. A good way to start the letter is simply with “Your Royal Highnesses,”. An example letter is below, in case you have writers’ block!
Your Royal Highnesses,
I write to wish you and Prince George a very happy Christmas and new year. I wish you all the happinesses of the season and hope you enjoy this wonderful time with your new son. Please enjoy some Christmas pudding for me!
Unfortunately, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cannot accept gifts. Instead, they often suggest you send a charitable donation in their honor. Even though we would rather send William some new trainers, and Kate a pretty pair of earrings, we also enjoy sharing Christmas cheer with those less fortunate.
The holiday season is such a wonderful time of year! We hope you enjoy writing Christmas cards to friends, loved ones, and maybe even Kate!
Great article, Christine! Would you consider writing an article for Royal Central about writing to the Royals for Christmas?