A royal Christ­mas

We take a look at how the Royal Fam­ily cel­e­brate Christ­mas, the gifts they give and take a light­hearted guess at what might be in their stock­ings this year!

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Ev­ery fam­ily has their own Christ­mas quirks and our own Royal Fam­ily are no ex­cep­tion. Ev­ery year they en­joy a Christ­mas rou­tine that’s re­mained un­changed for gen­er­a­tions.

Gath­er­ing to­gether at the Queen’s San­dring­ham House in Nor­folk, first there’s the open­ing of pre­sents to­gether on Christ­mas Eve, a tra­di­tion brought over from Ger­many by the Queen’s great-great­grand­fa­ther, Prince Al­bert. Tres­tle ta­bles are laid out for each mem­ber of the fam­ily in San­dring­ham’s Red Draw­ing Room and dur­ing the af­ter­noon each fam­ily mem­ber sneaks in and places their gifts on the ta­bles be­fore Prince Philip then de­clares the mo­ment for gifts to be un­wrapped.

On Christ­mas Day the fam­ily walk the short jour­ney to the nearby par­ish church for the morn­ing ser­vice, with the Queen trav­el­ling by car.

But what about those pre­sents? Here we take a fun look at some of the gifts the Roy­als have given in the past and what might be in their stock­ings this year.

For Louis’ chris­ten­ing, Harry and Meghan gave him a first edi­tion of Win­nie the Pooh so may give some­thing equally bookre­lated and spe­cial for his first Christ­mas

■ The Queen and Prince Philip are al­ways first to ar­rive at San­dring­ham (above), the week be­fore Christ­mas, while the rest of the fam­ily turn up through­out the day on Christ­mas EvePotty party games: Anne and Charles are no­to­ri­ous for giv­ing funny pre­sents and Charles’ favourite ever gift was ap­par­ently a leather toi­let seat from his sis­ter, which he ap­par­ently still uses on his trav­els. Given the lava­to­rial theme, we won­der if the pop­u­lar Christ­mas game, Toi­let Trou­ble, where you get sprayed by a flush, might be in their stock­ings! Dad jokes: Be­fore Harry met Meghan, Kate gave him a grow-your-own­girl­friend kit one Christ­mas so we think the fam­ily might get him some­thing equally jokey now he’s about to be a dad – per­haps this NewDad Sur­vival Tool­kit (right). Brum brum: Like many lit­tle boys, Prince Ge­orge loves ve­hi­cles. Last year, dur­ing a visit to Fa­ther Christ­mas in Helsinki, he asked for a toy po­lice car, so we sus­pect this year he’ll also be han­ker­ing af­ter a gift with four wheels. Hair to­day! There are a lot of jokes in the fam­ily about Wil­liam’s bald­ness and in the past Meghan even bought him a gin­ger Tam O’Shanter wig for Christ­mas, so there’s likely to be some­thing like this Bald Man’s Hat (above) un­der the tree for him.On Christ­mas Day, af­ter the morn­ing walk to church and a three-course fes­tive lunch, the Royal Fam­ily gather in front of the tele­vi­sion to watch the Queen’s speech at 3pm

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