How Does the Royal Family Celebrate New Year’s Eve?

It’s no secret that the royal family loves a good celebration — just take a look at the royal weddings, Trooping the Color, Christmas, and other celebrations they threw in 2018. But, how does the royal family celebrate New Year’s Eve? Ahead, we take a closer look at the royal family’s favorite way to ring in the new year.

Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

After Christmas at Sandringham, the royal family prepares for New Year’s Eve. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

How does the royal family celebrate New Year’s Eve?

Christmas might be the royal family’s favorite holiday, but that doesn’t mean they let New Year’s Eve fall to the wayside. Like many of us, members of the royal family ring in the new year with friends and family — and their plans often change. See how Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth, and other members of the royal family celebrate a new year, here.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth’s favorite holiday is, without a doubt, Christmas. However, she does enjoy a good New Year’s Eve celebration. After her family leaves Sandringham — where they all spend Christmas together — the queen and her husband, Prince Philip invite friends and even some other family members who weren’t there for Christmas to stay for the New Year. The Queen and Prince Philip always go to church on New Year’s Day and Her Majesty spends the rest of the day riding her horses.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge like to lay (somewhat) low on New Year’s Eve. The two often spend the holiday with Kate’s side of the family, as they either rent a vacation home together or celebrate in the family’s backyard. Kate Middleton’s sister, Pipa once took their backyard celebrations to a whole new level by renting a massive 100-person kata (used by reindeer hunters) for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Before Prince Harry met Meghan Markle, the duke would typically spend New Year’s Eve in Africa — one of his favorite places — or on ski vacations. He sometimes even stayed local(ish) and would celebrate somewhere in England. He’s also rung in the new year in Los Angeles, California where, ironically, Meghan Markle is from.

Now that they are a married couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex like to get away for the new year. Last year (when the two were engaged) they escaped to Monaco to ring in the new year. As for this year? The couple has apparently gone on a mysterious vacation that they didn’t tell anyone about. Perhaps they went to their favorite African country, Botswana ahead of their new baby. Or, they could have gone back to Monaco, as some suggest.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles love Scotland, so it should come of no surprise that it’s typically where they ring in the new year. After they are finished celebrating Christmas at Sandringham, they head to their Scottish home, Birkhall, which is located on the queen’s Balmoral estate.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Much like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank are likely traveling for the new year. As it turns out, the two first met over a New Year’s trip in 2010 to Verbier, Switzerland (Prince Harry was allegedly also there!).

Princess Beatrice

Like her sister, Princess Beatrice also likes to travel on New Year’s Eve. The princess has gone to various hot spots around the world — both winter wonderlands and tropical oases — and has even accompanied her sister on some trips.

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