A Royal Christmas - Whats Christmas Like in the Royal Household?
A royal Christmas is by definition a traditional event. Many of the Christmas customs still widely practiced today have long been established from the history of our Royal Family. But what is Christmas actually like in the Royal household?
Traditionally the Royal Family always spend Christmas at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. On arrival at the estate the family’s program of festivities is laid out ready for them to begin to enjoy. As with every family household at Christmas, it’s a busy few days with lots to look forward to.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are always in residence before guests start to arrive throughout the 23rd December. Closer and more prominent royals such as Prince William and his young family arrive promptly on Christmas eve before 9am. Once everyone is happily residing in the splendour of Sandringham the celebrations can begin.
The following three days’ events run like clockwork, with timing as precise as the Queen expects all of her functions to ensue. Afternoon tea is scheduled for 4pm where the family joins together to swop some cheap and often tongue-in cheek presents; once Prince Harry gave his Grandmother an ‘Aint Life a Bitch’ hat! Due to the family’s German heritage the exchanging of presents always takes place on Christmas eve.
The following jovialities for Christmas eve include a charity ‘kick around’ footy match between William and Harry, proceeded by a festive ‘game’ dinner at 8.30pm.
Christmas day brings more formality to the royal proceedings, with church being the first port of call on Christmas morning. A splendidly traditional turkey dinner follows. It’s said that the annual royal Christmas dinner includes two 25lb turkeys that are carved at the family’s table. Of course the crowning glory of the day is always the Queens’ speech at 3pm – the joyful part of the royals Christmas schedule that we all get to participate in.
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