New Book, ‘A Royal Family Christmas’ Reveals Rare Photos and More

Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince William, Duchess Meghan Markle, Prince Harry celebrating Christmas.

Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince William, Duchess Meghan Markle, Prince Harry | Getty Images/ADRIAN DENNIS

The royal family tends to have public events to celebrate Christmas, but they have their own private traditions as well. Some of them we already knew like how they avoid exchanging Christmas presents on Christmas Day. But now we’re getting a closer look at the family’s traditions. A new book published by the Royal Collection called A Royal Family Christmas will go into great detail about how the royal family has celebrated the holiday throughout history.

A Royal Family Christmas includes photos and documents that have never been seen before

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the book will include photos and documents that have never been seen before. There is even a Christmas card with a photo of young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The book also goes into how the sisters performed in Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and more in Christmas pantomimes at Windsor Castle.

It will cover multiple generations

The book won’t just cover living family members. It includes a menu from Christmas Day in 1899 when Queen Victoria ruled. That menu lists a buffet full of Baron of Beef, Boar’s Head, Game Pie, Woodcock Pie, Brawn, Roast Fowl, and Tongue. The book also details what King George IV and Henry II liked to eat on the holiday, according to Hereford Times.

The book reveals royal gifts

It’s probably hard to imagine what someone would gift a member of the royal family. The book answers this by showing some gifts that were exchanged between royal family members. That includes a cherub brooch Prince Albert gave to Queen Victoria in 1941.

More than 150 objects, photographs, and documents will be published in the book. A Royal Family Christmas will be available for purchase on Oct. 18.

Read more: Christmas With the Queen: Surprising Royal Family Holiday Traditions

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