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!
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