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The royal Christmas cards have arrived, and, yes, we're crushing hard on all of them (obvi). But the one that stands out most: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's card, which melted our royal-loving hearts. The card features a never-before-seen picture from the royal couple's wedding reception—but there's a lot of hidden meaning. Let's dissect.

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Oh, my stars! The shot, which shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex admiring the massive fireworks display at their private reception, is a sweet moment between the couple (and now we’re wondering how many other fabulous photos from their wedding are hidden away somewhere…).

It’s interesting that the couple’s backs are to the camera. This has never been done before in a royal Christmas card, let alone a black-and-white silhouette-style shot. It’s a clear signal that Meghan Markle, brand-new member of the royal family this year, is seriously shaking up the old guard…but not too much. See, if she was really pushing the envelope in the palace, we think the Christmas card would be a baby bump shot with her and Harry, with a similar pose to their engagement shot. But, alas, the royals didn’t want to officially put her baby bump on display on their very public Christmas cards, so we’ll be satisfied with this sweet—and, yes, pretty epic—private moment.

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Another interesting fact: The card is a photo from Frogmore Cottage, where the Sussexes held their private reception. Markle and Prince Harry will be moving to the cottage as their permanent residence early next year, once renovations are complete, and it’s caused a flurry of media coverage. No, not because of the yoga studio, but because of the fact that Kensington Palace will no longer be the joint residence of the two brothers, William and Harry.

The rumors of a royal rift between the two couples feel like they’re put to rest now that Kensington Palace has released a photo of their new home as their Christmas card. It feels like a peace offering, if you will. “Hey, guys, we totally support your move away from the nest. Now go forth and prosper,” Kensington Palace officials said, probably.

Bottom line: We’re having an epic fireworks display at every party we throw from now ’til eternity.

RELATED: Every Picture of Meghan Markle’s Baby Bump So Far

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