The Shocking Reason Prince George and Princess Charlotte Won’t Receive Any Gifts On Christmas Day

The holiday season is upon us, and if the littlest royals, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and even Prince Louis are anything like us, they’re excited about the holiday gifts they are about to receive. As we all know, the British Royal Family has their own particular Christmas traditions which includes attending church, as well as a lunch and dinner at Queen Elizabeth’s country estate, Sandringham.

However, while those who celebrate Christmas across the globe will be eager to awaken Christmas morning to unwrap the presents left for them under the tree, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis won’t be partaking in that tradition for one very particular reason.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on the tarmac of the Airbus compound in Hamburg

Prince William Kate Middleton George and Charlotte | Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The importance of Christmas Eve

Along with their other traditions, the British Royal Family actually opens their Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve after putting the finishing touches on the queen and Prince Philip’s Christmas tree. Former royal chef Darren McGrady told the Express, “The royals are of German descent, so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.” On Christmas Day the royal family attends two church services in the space of just three hours. The younger royals aren’t typically expected to attend church until they turn five, which means Prince George might attend this year with his parents.

If he does attend church services, Prince George won’t be the only newcomer engaging in the royals’ Christmas traditions. Duchess Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland has been invited to spend Christmas with her new in-laws as well.

Left to right: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day 2017.

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day 2017 | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The royals’ Christmas Eve traditions might be the best of both worlds for the littlest royals. They typically head to the Middleton family estate after church on Christmas Day which means they also get doted on by their maternal grandparents and receive even more gifts and treats. While Prince George and Prince Charlotte are probably eager to see what awaits them under their grandparents’ trees, we’re certain that 8-month old Prince Louis will be more interested in the wrapping paper.

Making a list

We do know that another one of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s traditions with their children is allowing them to write handwritten wish lists to Father Christmas asking for gifts. Though Prince Louis is probably still too young to participate and Princess Charlotte was too young last year, Prince George already knows what it feels like to write a wish list to Santa Clause.

In December 2017, Prince William shared the little prince’s wish list with Father Christmas during his visit to Helsinki. On top of the form, was the printed sentence “Dear Father Christmas this year I have been naughty/nice,” Of course our beloved Prince George circled “nice.”  The Future King of England wrote down a single request, a police car and he even signed his name.  Though his parents aren’t big on excessively lavishing their children during the holidays, we’re pretty sure he got his gift. After all, as the Duke of Cambridge said at the time, “He hasn’t written down many requests, so I think one request is probably OK.”

We wonder what he and Princess Charlotte will ask for this year.

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