The Royal Albert Hall has recreated the world’s first ever commercial Christmas card with a little help from 14 mini-heroes from its unique history!

The video celebrates a special connection between the venue and the festive tradition of exchanging cards, which was started by Sir Henry Cole, one of the Hall’s founding fathers, in 1843.

Following the success of his Christmas card idea, Cole went on to mastermind the Great Exhibition with Prince Albert in 1851, before playing an instrumental role in realising Albert’s vision for the Royal Albert Hall, which opened in 1871.

These two disparate legacies live on, with over 900m Christmas cards being sent in each year in the UK alone, and over 1.7m visitors coming to the Hall in 2016.

Filming the Hall Stars)

We had a lot of fun making this video and hope you enjoy spotting some of our special guests.

2016 has been a year like no other, and unfortunately we’ve said goodbye to two true icons celebrated in the video; but from all of us working at this very special building in London, we wish you all a fun and merry Christmas and hope to welcome you to enjoy the magic of Prince Albert and Henry Cole’s legacy in the new year.

Not sure who’s who?
We’ve pulled together a little guide to help you spot some of the Hall heroes featured in this video.
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