32 Photos That Show How the Royal Family Celebrates Christmas

The one of little Prince Harry dressed as a shepherd is adorable.

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When it comes to Christmas, the royal family knows how to celebrate best. Like most families, the holidays typically come with lots of nostalgia. To get you in the Christmas spirit, we've rounded up photos of the British royal family—both old and new—celebrating the best way they know how. From photos of Princess Diana illuminating the streets of London with festive lights, to an adorable throwback of Prince Harry dressed as a Shepherd for the school play, behold, the royal family celebrating Christmas through the years.

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1969

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip put the final touches on the Christmas tree in Windsor Castle.

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1981

Princess Diana flips the switch to turn on the Christmas lights and decorations on Regent Street.

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1982

Princess Diana and Prince Charles posing with their first son, Prince William, who is not even a year old, during the holiday season in Kensington Palace.

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1988

Prince Harry dressed up as a shepherd for the Christmas play at school.

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1988

Prince Harry with his cousin Zara Phillips, attending church on Christmas Day.

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1993

Princess Diana of Wales on the night she illuminated Bond Street with Christmas lights.

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1993

Princess Diana dons a red coat and brimmed, black hat on Christmas Day at Sandringham.

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1995

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, daughters of Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, attended the Christmas Pantomime "Cinderella" in adorable matching outfits.

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1997

Prince William and Prince Harry hold gifts from members of the public as they leave the church with their father, Prince Charles. This is the first Christmas the three spent without Diana, Princess of Wales.

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1997

A 13-year-old Prince Harry attends annual Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church.

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1998

Prince Charles and his sons, Prince Harry (right) and Prince William (left) leaving the Christmas service at Sandringham Church.

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2003

Prince Charles hangs ornaments on the tree at an event for children suffering from cancer and leukemia, held in Clarence House.

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2011

This was the first year that Duchess Kate attended the royal family's Christmas after marrying Prince William in April. Prince's Harry's finacé, Meghan Markle, will break tradition and attend the royal family's Christmas this year, per Queen Elizabeth's request, of course.

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2012

Queen Elizabeth in front of a large Christmas tree after attending a Cabinet meeting in 2012.

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2012

Yes, Prince Harry posed in a Christmas hat outside a tent at Camp Bastion. He served as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqn Army Air Corps from September 2012 until January 2013.

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2013

Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church.

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2014

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, helps first lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, wrap Christmas presents.

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2014

The Duchess of Cambridge helps wrap Christmas presents at the Northside Center for Child Development during her and Prince William's three-day visit to New York City.

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2014

Prince Harry poses with children from Mants'ase Children's Home in 2014. He was visiting his charity Sentebale in Lesotho...

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2014

...The charity provides healthcare and education to children in Lesotho, South Africa. Prince Harry founded the charity—which means Forget Me Not in Sesotho—with the help of Prince Seeiso in 2006.

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2015

A photo from the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party reveals a very happy Duchess Kate.

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2015

The Duchess joined families in Christmas-festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills.

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2015

Pictured: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall all attending Christmas Day service.

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2016

Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a Christmas party at The Mix Youth service to present an award.

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2016

This photo of Prince Harry meeting member of the public from last year's Christmas service at Sandringham Church is just too sweet.

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2016

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge enjoys a candy cane after Christmas service at Sandringham Church.

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2016

How cute is Prince George, enjoying a candy cane after service at the Sandringham Church on Christmas day?

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2017

The Duke of Cambridge hands Prince George's Christmas list to, well, Santa while visiting Esplanade Park's Christmas market in Helsinki.

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2017

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with a 7-year-old boy who was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, during a visit to the Rugby Portobello Trust's Christmas party.

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2017

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives gifts to children at the Rugby Portobello Trust's Christmas party.

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