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Everyone who can expect to receive a Christmas card from the Queen this year

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Christmas is a very important and traditional celebration within the Royal Family and this includes sending out cards.

There's a very specific list of recipients on the Queen's Christmas card list, but who are the lucky people who can expect to receive one?

Each year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh send around 750 Christmas cards, which will usually feature a family photo.

The card is signed 'Elizabeth R' and 'Philip' and features their official cyphers.

Family, friends, and Members of The Royal Household will be the recipients of The Royal Christmas Card, but British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers, Governor-Generals and High Commissions may also be sent one.

The Duke of Edinburgh has a further 200 cards sent out at Christmas to different regiments and organisations close to him.

And when their cards are all hand-signed and delivered, the Queen and her nearest and dearest spend December 25 at Sandringham House – the Queen's country estate in Norfolk.

However, in the sixties when Her Majesty's children were small, many Christmases were celebrated at Windsor Castle, where The Royal Family traditionally spends Easter.

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But since 1988, when the castle was being rewired, Royal Christmases returned to Sandringham.

The Queen and other members of The Royal Family attend the morning service on Christmas Day at St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, a country church visited by The Queen's Great-Great Grandmother Queen Victoria, which dates back to the 16th century.

But unlike most families who exchange gifts on Christmas Day, the Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables on December 24 instead and exchange them at teatime.

All members of The Royal Household will receive Christmas presents from The Queen, and Her Majesty personally hands out presents to some members of The Royal Household at Buckingham Palace and at Windsor Castle.

Continuing the tradition from her father, King George VI and her grandfather, George V – The Queen also gives Christmas puddings to her staff.

About 1500 Christmas puddings paid for by The Queen – through the Privy Purse – are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police.

Each pudding is accompanied by a greeting card from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

As well as donating money to several charities in Windsor each Christmas, The Queen also gives Christmas trees each year to Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Giles' Cathedral and the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.

Churches and schools in the Sandringham area will also receive a tree from Her Majesty.

But when it comes to their own Christmas tree, the Queen and Members of her family will usually put the final touches on themselves.

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