The royal family are celebrating the start of a new year

By Maria Mercedes Lara
December 21, 2015 11:40 AM
Queen Rania/Facebook

The royal holiday cards just keep coming!

Queen Rania of Jordan shared a sweet family photo on Facebook to celebrate the start of the New Year.

“Excited to be starting the New Year countdown,” Rania, 45, wrote in Arabic. “With 10 days until the end of the year, I am happy to share our family picture for 2016.” The picture was also used for the holiday card.

The photo, which was taken earlier this year, shows (from left): Prince Hashem, 9; Princess Iman, 19; King Abdullah, 53; Rania; Princess Salma, 15, and Crown Prince Hussein, 21. The elegant yet casual portrait was taken on the grounds of the Jordanian royal compound, Al-Maquar, in Amman.

Rana and her family aren’t the only royal family to share a special family photo in honor of the end-of-year holiday season. Earlier this month, the Spanish royal family shared a sweet Christmas card featuring a photo of Princess Leonor, 10, and Princess Sofia, 8. Last Friday, Princess Kate and Prince William shared a new family photo from their Christmas card and, on Monday, PEOPLE got an exclusive first look at the Monaco royal family’s first holiday note.

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January will be a big month for the Jordanian royal family. Both Abdullah and the couple’s youngest child, Hashem, celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 30. Back in 2014, Rania shared a intimate photo of the family celebrating the two birthdays with a surprisingly low-key cake-blowing ceremony.

If last year is anything to go off of, the year ahead will be full of royal engagements – both in Jordan and abroad – for Rania and her family. In November, all eyes were on stylish Rania when she met with Spain’s equally chic Queen Letizia for a royal visit.

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