23 Photos of the Royal Family with Santa

Even an actual Queen loves Father Christmas.

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Around the world, millions of families make an annual meeting with Santa Claus part of their annual Christmas traditions, and while the British royal family might not celebrate the holiday like the average household, when it comes to old St. Nick, they're just like the rest of us. Over the years, the royals have made a Christmastime tradition of greeting that jolly old elf, leading to plenty of sweet holiday photos. Here, we've rounded up the best of the royals with Santa, from Princess Diana's run-in with Father Christmas to Prince William and Prince Harry's childhood ride in Santa's sleigh.

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November 12, 1970
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Prince Philip drops in on Santa at a department store in Birmingham.

December 3, 1987
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During a visit to a children's hospital near Christmas, Princess Diana ran into a couple festive Santas (and their furry friends).

December 19, 1988
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Princess Michael Of Kent and her children, Lady Gabriella And Lord Frederick Windsor, meet Santa at The Dominion Theatre.

December 17, 1990
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Prince Harry and Prince William sit in a horse-drawn carriage with Santa.

December 10, 1992
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Princess Diana attends a lunch with author and politician, Lord Jeffrey Archer and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Denis Healey—both dressed as Santa Claus.

December 07, 1995
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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, attends a Christmas party for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, including some festively-dressed guests.

December 19, 1998
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Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Mother pose with Santa after Ascot.

December 19, 1998
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The Queen Mother meets Santa Claus after the Tote Silver Cup at Ascot.

December 14, 1999
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Sarah, Duchess of York watches daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie as they talk to Santa at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children party.

December 16, 2000
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Queen Elizabeth helps Santa hand out gifts at Ascot.

December 4, 2001
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Princess Anne takes a biscuit from Santa's basket during the Save The Children Festival of Trees at the Natural History Museum.

December 25, 2004
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A very happy Queen Elizabeth accepts flowers from a fan dressed as Santa Claus.

November 30, 2006
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Santa Claus helps the Duchess Of Cornwall switch on the Tetbury Christmas Lights.

December 7, 2006
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Prince Charles greets Santa and his helper at the 'Not Forgotten Association' reception at St James's Palace.

December 18, 2006
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Duchess Camilla chats with Santa while in a horse drawn sleigh, backstage at the London International Horse Show.

November 18, 2010
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall switches on the Christmas lights in Bath, England, with Santa by her side.

December 12, 2012
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While deployed in Afghanistan, Prince Harry dressed up as Santa himself.

December 15, 2015
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Kate Middleton hugs a young boy in a Santa hat during the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party.

November 28, 2017
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Sarah Ferguson with Santa Claus at the Lady Garden Gala at Claridge's Hotel.

November 30, 2017
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Prince William presents Santa with Prince George's Christmas list.

December 8, 2017
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Charles gives Father Christmas a firm handshake during his 2017 visit to Cardiff, Wales.

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For her first holiday season as Queen Consort, Camilla got some help decorating the Clarence House Christmas tree from Santa and a group of children helped by charities she supports.

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Animal-loving Camilla also got to meet one of Santa's reindeer friends during the holiday celebration.

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