Christmas With the Queen: Surprising Royal Family Holiday Traditions

Have you ever wondered what Christmas with the royals is like? Well, it may not be quite what you expected. They don’t give one another lavish gifts or lounge around Buckingham Palace all day. In fact, the British royal family doesn’t even spend the holiday at their famous London residence. Instead, they travel to their Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, on Christmas Eve where they meet Queen Elizabeth II who always arrives a few days prior.

Here are some other traditions the family keeps that may surprise you.

1. They opt for cheap gag gifts

The Queen laughs and looks a little scared as she chats with guests.

They wake up to laughs under the tree. | Giphy

As mentioned, the royals do not exchange expensive gifts, but they do give each other cheap gag gifts.

‘The crazier and the more quirky is what they love,” former royal chef Darren McGrady told People, adding, “It’s not about something really amazing or a Cartier watch.”

The presents are exchanged on Christmas Eve and over the years have included a “Grow Your Own Girlfriend” kit for Harry, courtesy of sister-in-law Kate, and a shower cap from Harry to his grandmother which read, ‘Ain’t life a b**ch.'”

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