On December 25 people around the world will celebrate Christmas with their family traditions. Every family makes the holiday season a bit different, and many with traditions passed down for unparalleled generations.
The royal family is not an exception to the rule. They also celebrate the holiday in the same way as the rest of the world … with some exceptions, of course. Many people are curious why the royal family do not open their presents on Christmas day.
Why the royal family does not open presents on Christmas Day
The royal family swap their presents on Christmas Eve at tea time, instead of Christmas morning. This royal family tradition began with King George (father of Queen Elizabeth II), which is of German descent. In Germany, Christmas presents will be opened.
Where are the royal family celebrating Christmas?
The royal family celebrate Christmas in the Queen's town in Sandringham. The queen arrives earlier than the rest of the family (on the 19th or 20th of December) to oversee the preparations. The rest of the royal family arrive morning or start at Christmas Eve afternoon. This includes the children, grandchildren and grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth, as well as extended members of the family.
What does the royal family do on Christmas Eve?
Apart from the exchange of gifts, the royal family enjoys the company each other on Christmas Eve. The vacation is still a long time for the royal family to be with them without pressure (or the United Kingdom, any way) on their shoulders.
What does the royal family do on Christmas Day?
Christmas is busy for the royal family. After a great breakfast they attend a church service at St Mary's Magdelene at Sandringham. When the service is over, they return home to a traditional feast.
Queen Elizabeth II gives her every Christmas message to all of the UK and Commonwealth Kingdoms, broadcast over television. The rest of the royal family watch as she puts her speech. At night, everyone enjoys a buffet meal before retiring for the evening.
What does the royal family eat about their Christmas meal?
Sources say that the royal family has always had Christmas at the same time as long as anyone can remember it. It never changes. Shrimp or shrimp salad is prepared with turkey after roasting, pannas, Brussels trout, and carrot. Christmas pudding with branded butter is served for pudding.
What other annual traditions do the royal family have?
Traditionally, the queen and her husband send over 750 Christmas cards and also buy a special Christmas pudding to all their home members (a number in the hundreds). The card includes a family photo that we are delighted to inform everyone of the Queen Elizabeth II's (and unusual) corgis.
Donations are made by the queen to a variety of charities around Sandringham, and she also gives a little Christmas tree away. This is also the time of the year for all the royal family to show their appreciation to those who serve them during the remainder of the year.
What's Different This Year?
Although the royal family (and Queen Elizabeth's in particular) is not typical of rolling, this year he promised to be a bit different. Despite a strict "family only" policy at private holiday events, it is sure that the queen has invited the mom Meghan Markle, Doria Ragland.
Surprisingly, Kate Middleton did not attend before she and Prince William were officially married. Last year, when he was only engaged with Prince Harry, Markle was invited – breaking tradition again.