25 of the best royal Christmas cards over the years

A picture paints a thousand words...

The countdown to Christmas is well underway, and royal fans are treated each year to a new photo of the royal family - thanks to their annual royal Christmas card.
The Christmas cards have served as an annual nod of gratitude and best wishes, but royal Christmas cards are also a poignant reminder of how royal life has changed over the years.
Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a gorgeous photograph of their family in the grounds of their country home, with adorable little Louis making his debut, while Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan released a previously unseen photo from their wedding reception and we've certainly got our fingers crossed this year we'll see seven-month-old Archie make a Christmas card appearance.
Since it's the season to be merry, we look at some of the best royal Christmas card photos over the years...