Britain's Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have printed their annual Christmas card.

The Duchess and the Prince of Wales (file photo)

The Duchess and the Prince of Wales (file photo)

With less than 10 days to go until Christmas, the royal duo have released their festive-themed card, in which they can be seen cuddling up to one another while on holiday in Scotland.

The image was taken in the summer and was never actually intended for public release, but the couple loved it so much they ultimately decided it was the best possible photograph to use for their card.

The card also features the Prince of Wales' feathers emblem and the Duchess' cipher, while on the inside, there are the words, "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year".

Meanwhile, it emerged earlier this week that Prince Charles has been given access to secret government documents over the last 20 years.

However, a spokesperson for the Cabinet has since rubbished criticism of the move, insisting it's important the future king is kept informed on important matters.

He said: "It has been established practice for many years that the sovereign and the heir to the throne receive the minutes of cabinet meetings.

"It is important that the head of state and her heir are properly briefed."