These Are The Royal Family's Christmas Traditions
Just like any normal family, the Royal Family has their very own Christmas traditions, although they are perhaps slightly more lavish than our own (black tie Christmas Eve dinner anyone?!). We've found out exactly what the royals get up to for your festive reading pleasure...
The Queen's speech
The Queen prepares a special Christmas address every year, which is broadcast at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. Her Majesty pre-records the speech, usually in the White Drawing Room, at Buckingham Palace a few days before she leaves for Sandringham. Unfortunately, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the speech has been postponed.
Royal Residences are given a Christmas makeover
All the Royal residences are seriously spruced up for the festive season, with garlands adorning many a royal staircase and a number of Christmas trees dressed with baubles.
The Royals write and send an enormous number of Christmas cards
According to Cosmopolitan magazine, her Majesty and Prince Philip send more than eight hundred Christmas cards each year. The Cambridges, Sussexes and Prince Charles, and Camilla all have their very own Christmas card designs that they send out as well.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year.
The Royals spend Christmas at Sandringham
The Royals traditionally spend Christmas at Sandringham House in Norfolk. The Queen always travels to Norfolk by train and the rest of the Royal Family join her there on Christmas Eve. According to the royal rules, family members are given different arrival times depending on their status within the Royal Family. The most junior members join the Queen first, so traditionally Harry and Meghan will arrive, followed by Prince William and Duchess Catherine and Prince Charles and Camilla.
The Royals attend church on Christmas morning
The Queen is the head of the Church of England and the Royal Family always attends a Christmas morning service. The family usually walks to St Mary Magdalene church, where the service is held.
Royal Family: Christmas Eve is a black-tie affair
Her Majesty certainly knows how to throw a Christmas Eve dinner! The evening is usually a black-tie event, with the women in long, elegant gowns and glittering diamonds.
Harry and William play a game of football with locals
Prince Harry and Prince William usually play a game of Christmas Eve footie. The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are joined by locals and Sandringham staff for a festive football match. Harry supports Arsenal and can often be seen wearing Arsenal socks whilst playing, whereas William is an Aston Villa man and so will wear Aston Villa socks.
This year could be different
However this year, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, these traditions will be broken. Harry, Meghan and Archie are spending Christmas in the United States, and the Queen and Prince Philip will spend Christmas in Windsor.