29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years | Photographs selected for the front of the cards show the growing family and its changing relationships as the years go by.

29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years

29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years

29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years

29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years

29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years

29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years
29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years
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  • For more than a century, members of the royal family have sent Christmas cards to their subjects.
  • Photographs selected for the front of the cards show the growing family and its changing relationships as the years go by.
  • The photos include a portrait of the Queen aged 16, Princess Diana holding a newborn Prince Harry, and a mesmerized Princess Charlotte watching a children’s entertainer during a party.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

For more than 100 years, members of the British royal family have been sending Christmas cards to wish their subjects the best for the holiday season.

Photographs selected for the front of these cards have charted the royal family’s new additions and altered relationships. From a black-and-white portrait of King George V to a candid portrait of Prince William with his children, the Christmas cards have also captured the changing face of the royal family through the generations.

Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photographs shared by the royal family to wish their subjects a “Happy Christmas” each year.


1914: King George V and his wife, Mary, sent these stoic portraits to British troops to send their “best wishes for Christmas.”

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A Christmas card from the king and queen in 1914.
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This postcard was sent to the British troops in 1914, when World War I was underway.

“May God protect you and bring you home safe,” the card reads.


1942: A decade before she would become their queen, Princess Elizabeth sent this card to members of the British Army.

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A Christmas card from then Princess Elizabeth.
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The 16-year-old princess sent this card to the Grenadier Guards regiment of the British Army.

Ten years later, her father, King George VI, passed away and she took over the throne.


1954: The image selected for the royal family’s 1954 Christmas card showed the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne.

The photo shows them on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.


1965: Members of the royal family delight over 1-year-old Prince Edward in this image taken at Windsor Castle.

It shows the Queen and Prince Philip with their children, 17-year-old Prince Charles, 15-year-old Princess Anne, 5-year-old Prince Andrew, and 1-year-old Prince Edward.


1968: A few years later, the Queen and Prince Philip shared another charming family photo.

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Prince Philip and the Queen with their four children.
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Photo of card by: Cathy Shatka / a*royal*gem

In 1968, the royal family let cameras film their life at home, in a bid to modernize their image. The documentary was broadcast the following year.


1971: Another family portrait was shared on the 1971 holiday greeting.

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The Queen and her family.
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Photo of card by: Cathy Shatka / a*royal*gem

At the time of this photograph, Charles was 23 and had graduated from the University of Cambridge a year prior. Anne was 21, Andrew was 11, and Edward was 7.


1976: An image from this photo shoot was used on the card and shows the growing royal family.

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The Queen and her family.
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This image, which was taken in Bromont, Canada, includes Princess Anne’s husband of three years, Mark Phillips, who stands behind Prince Edward.


1978: The Queen featured her beloved corgis.

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The Queen and Prince Philip.
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Photo of card by: Cathy Shatka / a*royal*gem

The Queen has had more than 30 corgis since 1945.


1979: They selected a more posed family photo for their Christmas card in 1979.

Taken at Balmoral Castle, this image shows Queen Elizabeth with her husband and their children. Look closely and just behind Prince Edward’s leg, you’ll see Princess Anne’s 2-year-old son, Peter Phillips, in the left of the photo.


1981: On her Christmas card, the Queen celebrated the wedding of her oldest son, Prince Charles, to Diana Spencer.

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The Queen, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Prince Philip.
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Photo of card by: Cathy Shatka / a*royal*gem

The couple married in July 1981, when Charles was 32 and Diana was 20.


1984: An image from this family photo shoot was used for the Prince and Princess of Wales’ 1984 Christmas card.

A newborn Prince Harry and 2-year-old Prince William no doubt charmed the recipients of this Christmas card.


1987: Three years later, Princess Diana and Prince Charles shared another family portrait.

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Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and their sons.
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The card was signed by Charles and Diana. By this time, they had been married for six years.


1987: Photographer Yousuf Karsh stands next to this portrait of the Queen and her grandchildren. The image appeared on their 1987 Christmas card.

The portrait shows the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with their grandchildren – William, Harry, Peter Phillips, and Zara Phillips – at Balmoral in 1987.

Karsh posed alongside the photo in 1988, during the preview of his 80th birthday exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London.


1988: Charles and Diana are pictured with their growing boys.

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Charles and Diana’s Christmas card, 1988.
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Prince William was 6, and Prince Harry was 4.


1999: Prince Charles put his arms around his sons in this photo on the front of his 1999 Christmas card.

The princes’ mother had passed away two years prior.


2005: Prince Charles and his new wife, Camilla, shared this image from their wedding day for their Christmas card.

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The photo was taken at the couple’s April wedding.
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As well as Prince William and Prince Harry, the photo shows Camilla’s children, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles. This was the first time Camilla had appeared on Charles’ Christmas card, despite their years-long relationship.


2006: The Queen and her husband shared a more traditional photo.

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The Queen and Prince Philip.
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Photo of card by: Cathy Shatka / a*royal*gem

The Queen turned 80 in 2006, and she celebrated with a number of public and private events at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, but her “official” birthday is the second Saturday in June, when the weather is likely to be better for celebrations.


2012: Prince Charles and Camilla’s holiday card featured a photograph taken during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The celebrations marked the 60th anniversary of the accession of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II.


2013: Prince Charles and his wife share a joke in this photo on this Christmas card.

The photo shows the couple in the Royal Box during the races at Royal Ascot, one of Britain’s best known racecourses, on June 19, 2013.


2014: The following year, they shared a similarly happy photograph.

In the photo, they are seen laughing during the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony in London on September 10, 2014.

The Invictus Games were launched that year by Prince Charles’ son, Prince Harry.


2015: Prince Charles and Camilla look at ease in this image taken in Scotland during their summer vacation.

The photo, which was released a week before Christmas, was taken on a private estate in August by a friend, according to Clarence House.


2015: Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, looked similarly content in their family portrait.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
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The portrait was taken at Kensington Palace. It shows 2-year-old George giggling alongside his little sister, Charlotte, who was 5 months old at the time the photo was taken.


2016: Prince Charles and Camilla celebrated their tour of Croatia with their 2016 holiday card.

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Prince Charles and Camilla in Tvrda, Croatia.
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During the trip, they met performers wearing traditional dress in Tvrda.


2016: Princess Charlotte and Prince George are mesmerized by an entertainer during the family’s tour of Canada.

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The family is pictured at a children’s party for military families in Victoria, Canada, in September 2016.
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This sweet family moment graced the front of their Christmas thank-you cards, which were received in January 2017.


2017: The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall shared a photo from Camilla’s private 70th birthday party.

The celebrations were held in Highgrove House, their private family residence in Gloucestershire, in July 2017.


2017: William and Kate also shared a more formal portrait.

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Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte.
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The photograph shows the family at Kensington Palace. It was taken by Getty photographer Chris Jackson, who takes many of the personal photos released by the royal family.


2018: Prince Charles and Camilla featured another sweet photo on their Christmas card.

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The photo was taken during the summer in the garden of Clarence House.


2018: Prince Louis made his first Christmas card appearance in this relaxed family portrait.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Louis, Charlotte, and George.
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This relaxed family portrait was taken at Anmer Hall. The property, which is on the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, was given to the couple as a wedding gift.

Prince Louis was born in April 2018. His big brother is 5 in this photo, while his big sister is 3.


2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared this elegant black-and-white photo on their Christmas card.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose a photo from their wedding night for the front of their holiday card. It shows them watching fireworks on the grounds of Frogmore House, where their evening reception was held in May 2018.

Apple  killed the option to leave product reviews on its site just as holiday buying starts

Apple killed the option to leave product reviews on its site just as holiday buying starts

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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  • Apple quietly removed the “Ratings and Reviews” section from its online store, meaning shoppers can no longer see online reviews of Apple products before they buy.
  • The removal comes just as Apple heads into the all-important holiday season. The iPhone maker tends to see a major sales bump through the last three months of the year thanks to people buying holiday gifts.
  • First reported by Apple Insider, the move appears to have come into force on the US, UK and Australian version of Apple’s website.
  • Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple has removed all customer reviews of its products from its website, without apparent explanation.

The removal was first reported by Apple Insider on Thursday. Specifically, the tech giant has removed the “Ratings and Reviews” section from all product pages on the US, UK and Australian versions of its site.

Notably, the Ratings and Reviews section of Apple’s site houses the thousands of product reviews published by customers. Shoppers were able to leave reviews and a star rating, and read reviews based on recency or usefulness. These reviews are no longer visible.

Business Insider confirmed that reviews have disappeared for products listed in the UK. We compared the current online listing in the UK for the Apple Pencil 2 with an archived version of the same page. Here’s a captured version of the current listing, which doesn’t show a “ratings and reviews” section. And here’s a capture of the same page from October, which does show the reviews section.

As with any company, the reviews of Apple’s products were a mix of positive and negative.

The Verge noted there were over 700 one-star reviews of the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter published on Apple’s site before the section was removed. An archived version of the page shows hundreds of one-star reviews from customers in India, Australia, and the US.

AppleInsider posted archived screengrabs of the product page for the first-gen Apple Pencil as it appeared on November 16 and November 17. The “Ratings and Reviews” section was visible on November 16 but not on November 17.

Apple has not, at the time of writing, released any sort of explanation or public statement on the section’s removal.

Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

I slept on Buffy’s new sheets made from eucalyptus — they’re cool to the touch, surprisingly silky, and worth the splurge

I slept on Buffy’s new sheets made from eucalyptus — they’re cool to the touch, surprisingly silky, and worth the splurge

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  • Buffy recently released Eucalyptus Sheets ($200 for a queen set), made from an eco-friendly eucalyptus fabric.
  • Sheet sets range in price from $175 to $225 and come in four neutral, naturally dyed colors.
  • The eucalyptus fabric is billed as being more breathable than cotton and softer than linen. It’s also hypoallergenic.
  • I slept on Buffy’s new sheets for weeks, and they’re among my all-time favorites. They’re silky and cool to the touch, and they’re great at regulating temperature. You may find them too thin for your liking at $200, but you have a 30-day window from ordering to return them if so.

Buffy, the startup that dominated the internet with its comforter made from recycled plastic bottles, recently released a set eco-friendly sheets.

Buffy’s Eucalyptus Sheets are made from 100% eucalyptus-based fiber – and reportedly come with the plant’s naturally temperature-regulating properties.

Sheet sets range from $165 to $215. (A queen-size set will cost you $190). You can pick up sets for Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King mattresses and in three neutral colors: grey, light grey, and blush. The set will include a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases.

Like the rest of the product offerings, Buffy’s sheets are built upon an environmentally conscious blueprint. The Austrian eucalyptus used to make its fabric reportedly requires ten times less water to grow than cotton. And, in the company’s first offering of colorways in bedding, all its hues were naturally created with ingredients like gardenia, pomegranate, turmeric, and walnut without using bleach or harsh chemicals.

Like many sleep startups familiar with customer concerns of buying products online, Buffy has good customer service policies in place; you’ll get free shipping, free returns, and a pay-later trial that means you’ll only be charged once the seven-day trial ends and you’ve chosen to keep the sheets. If you don’t love them after the trial, returns can be initiated within 30 days of ordering.

In terms of cost, you can find sheets for around the same price from other popular home startups. Snowe’s queen-sized Sateen Set is $220, Brooklinen’s Luxe Sateen is $149, and Parachute’s Sateen Set is $149 (though it doesn’t include a top sheet). Obviously, Buffy’s set is unique in being made from eucalyptus fiber. The closest material equivalent would be the heavier, silkier set offered by Ettitude for $178 that’s made from bamboo lyocell.

To see how all this translates into the product in real life, Buffy sent a sheet set to Insider Picks to test.

Keep reading for a full review, but the short summary is this: Buffy’s sheets are among my favorite sheets of all-time. They’re wonderfully silky and cool-to-the-touch, and they actually deliver on being softer than my linen sheets and more breathable than my cotton sets. If you can comfortably afford $190 for a queen-size set, I highly recommend trying them. The only con I’d mention is that they’re relatively thin – you’ll probably be able to vaguely decipher patterns on pillows underneath – and that could pose an issue with a lot of wear.

My Experience sleeping on Buffy’s Eucalyptus Sheets:

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In the few weeks I’ve been sleeping under Buffy’s sheets, they’ve become one of my all-time favorite sets.

First of all, the material is decadent. It’s the kind of silky fabric that threatens to slip off and out of a folded stack whenever it’s not laid at ground level. It’s also cool to the touch. The company bills it as being softer than linen and more breathable than cotton, and I’ve found that to be true. I own both linen and cotton sets, and I prefer Buffy’s for everyday use. In the summer, I’ll probably still revert to linen as it feels more breathable overall.

After one wash, the material appears the same size and color, though only time will tell how it fares with repeated washes.

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The only possible con is that the sheets themselves are relatively thin – if your pillows have loud patterns on them, you may be able to see some of it underneath the Buffy covering. Its thinness may be a boon for breathability, but it could potentially mean they don’t last as long as other thicker pairs. However, you have a seven-day trial to see if that’s a deal-breaker before being charged, and a 30-day window from when you ordered in which to decide you want to send them back.

Overall, if you’re looking for silky, soft, breathable sheets that are both eco-friendly and primed to keep you from sweating at night, these are worth checking out.

Elizabeth Warren called out Trump’s private dinner with Mark Zuckerberg as ‘corruption, plain and simple’

Elizabeth Warren called out Trump’s private dinner with Mark Zuckerberg as ‘corruption, plain and simple’

US Senator and democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
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US Senator and democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
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  • When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington D.C. for a Congressional hearing this past October, he made time for a private dinner with President Donald Trump.
  • The dinner included Facebook board member Peter Thiel – a controversial investor and entrepreneur who cofounded PayPal and Palantir. He was also behind the legal actions that led to the shutdown of Gawker.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the previously unreported dinner as “corruption, plain and simple” in a tweet on Thursday.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren came out swinging at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and President Donald Trump in a tweet on Thursday.

“Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook’s board members – a major Trump donor – had a secret dinner with Trump,” she said. “This is corruption, plain and simple.”

Warren’s criticism comes in response to news that Zuckerberg and Trump met for a private dinner while the Facebook CEO was in Washington D.C. last month.

“This is how the government keeps working for giant corporations and the wealthy and well-connected,” she said. “It’s no wonder that companies like Facebook have been allowed to consolidate economic and political power without any real accountability.”

NBC News reported on Thursday that Trump and Zuckerberg had dinner in October, which was previously unknown. Facebook confirmed the report.

In addition to Trump and Zuckerberg, Facebook board member and controversial investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel was also part of the dinner.

Thiel cofounded PayPal and Palantir, and more recently, was behind the lawsuit that shut down Gawker. He’s been a longtime Facebook board member, and was an early investor in the company. He’s also an outspoken Libertarian and Trump supporter.

This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg and Trump have privately met – the two had a surprise meeting in September 2018 when Zuckerberg was in D.C. meeting with lawmakers on behalf of Facebook.

It’s unlikely to be the last time they’ll meet, as Facebook faces scrutiny from government regulators for a variety of things: Controversy around political ads on its social media services, the introduction of a new currency named Libra, and various antitrust concerns.

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