How Does the Royal Family Spend Their Christmas?

Families share eccentric Christmas traditions that can leave new in-laws wondering what they have gotten themselves into. But the British royal family might be the most unconventional of all.

Unfortunately, they will not be complete this year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning not to spend Christmas with the royal family. Instead, they will reportedly fly to Los Angeles to spend time with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, with their baby Archie on Thanksgiving and will stay there until after Christmas.

Read on to find out if the royal family's festive routine is no different from regular people.

Queen Elizabeth Shops at Harrods

The Queen enjoys shopping for gifts for her loved ones. Wanting only the best for her family, Harrods apparently stays open after hours just so the Queen can shop at her leisure.

The Royal Family Christmas Tree

Each year, they fit three Christmas trees at the Marble Hall in Buckingham Palace. They also have a Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room at Sandringham.

The Queen allows her great-grandchildren to decorate the trees.

Staff are Given Christmas Gifts As Well

Early in the year, the staff can choose between a gift token or a book token as a gift from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

To qualify for the present, the crew must be in royal service for about a year and the value of the voucher increases with seniority.

Rest of the Family Arrives on Christmas Eve

The family members who are invited to spend Christmas with the Queen and her husband at Sandringham are given a specific time to arrive on the 24th.

Each group will turn up according to their status within the family. Most junior members will be the first to arrive, while senior members, such as Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the last to arrive.

Spend Christmas at Sandringham House

Every year, the Queen takes the train to King's Lynn station. The Royal family will go to Sandringham House in Norfolk, 100 miles north of London, instead of celebrating Christmas at Buckingham Palace.

The retreat house has been with the royal family since 1862 and will serve as the perfect winter escape because of its 24-hectar garden.

Gift Exchanges on Christmas Day

The Windsors honor their German heritage by opening presents after afternoon tea on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day.

On December 25th

On the morning of the 25th, the male members of the royal family will head downstairs for an English fry-up. This includes bacon and eggs, mushroom, and kippers, while women are served with traditional breakfast of fruit, toast and coffee in their rooms.

Attend Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church

The royal family's venture to St. Mary Magdalene Church for Christmas service is a popular event, with many spectators arrive early so they can try to get a glimpse of their favorite royals.

Festive Feast

After their church service at 1:00 p.m., the royal family will be seated for their Christmas lunch. They will be served traditional food such as turkey, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing and many more.

At 2:00 p.m., there will be a Christmas pudding served with brandy butter and brandy sauce. Once done, the family will sit with one another to watch the Queen's annual Christmas broadcast.

Christmas Day Games

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely not be present on Christmas, Prince William and Prince Harry might not be able to play an annual game of football against one another. However, the entire family will still continue to play their usual favorite, charades.

Christmas Film Night in the Ballroom

The ballroom at Sandringham is often used for formal occasions, but there is one screen installed on one of the walls that can be pulled down and have a film projected onto it. After a busy day attending church services, they settle down for a film screening in the evening.

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