Char­lotte will surely be sit­ting on ev­ery­one’s knee

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ap­pear­ance on the pre­vi­ous Sun­day at a ser­vice at An­mer Church, near the couple’s newly-ren­o­vated fam­ily home An­mer Hall, not far from San­dring­ham.

But what of this year? Will Ge­orge and Char­lotte steal the show – and what will her first Christ­mas be like for the baby Princess?

Many tra­di­tions are kept by the Royal Fam­ily and things run to quite a sched­ule, but last year Wil­liam and Kate opted out of some of the ar­range­ments by hav­ing their own Christ­mas din­ner with the Mid­dle­tons.

This year might well fol­low a sim­i­lar pat­tern but one thing is cer­tain – Char­lotte is go­ing to be daz­zled by the lights and baubles on the Christ­mas tree and will be sit­ting on just about ev­ery­one’s knee at some stage, prob­a­bly in­clud­ing that of her brother who dotes on her.

The Royal great-grand­mother will get her share of time with Ge­orge and Char­lotte, of course. Christ­mas is al­ways a very spe­cial time for the fam­ily. The Queen likes to take part in dec­o­rat­ing the Christ­mas tree – al­though most of it is done by the staff. Tra­di­tion­ally the Queen adds the last strands of tin­sel.

The Royal Fam­ily’s present time comes af­ter tea on Christ­mas Eve. They troop into the draw­ing room and in front of the tree, the wrapped gifts have been placed on ta­bles with their names in front of each pile. Each mem­ber of the fam­ily in turn col­lects his or her pile of presents and un­wraps them in view of ev­ery­one else.

This is the real Christ­mas fun time. The gifts for the older mem­bers of the fam­ily are usu­ally fairly sim­ple and of­ten se­lected for nov­elty rather than need. The younger mem­bers tend to have a lit­tle more cash spent on them and have been known to un­wrap a small gift which turns out to be a set of car keys!

Hav­ing said that, they also com­pete fiercely to see who can give the cheap­est, tack­i­est gift. Prince Harry fa­mously once gave the Queen a bath hat with “Ain’t life a bitch?” on it. He

Princes Harry and Wil­liam in 1990

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