Why Prince George and Princess Charlotte Don’t Get to Keep All Their Christmas Presents

It’s getting close to that time of year again when children all over the world get super excited to wake up on Christmas morning and open up all the presents left for them under the tree. But for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, they don’t get to open their presents on that day and they don’t even get to keep all of the gifts they receive.

The reason the royal kiddos don’t open their gifts on Christmas morning is because they follow a specific tradition. Here’s more on what that tradition is and when Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis (once he understands what’s going on) can actually open their presents. Plus, why they can’t keep all their gifts and what’s done with those items.

When George, Charlotte, and Louis can open their gifts

Prince George

Prince George of Cambridge | Andrew Milligan – Pool/Getty Images

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will actually open their gifts with their parents on Christmas Eve.

“The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations,” former royal chef Darren McGrady told the Express. “After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.”

The family’s website confirmed this stating that “On Christmas Eve, the royal family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime.”

Why the kids don’t get to keep all their Christmas gifts

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrives at Berlin Tegel Airport

Princess Charlotte | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The royal children don’t just receive presents from Santa. They get gifts from fans and well-wishers all around the world so they obviously can’t keep everything.

“Receiving that many gifts wouldn’t have a good effect on the kids,” a palace source said, adding that it would be the duke and duchess’ “worst nightmare” especially since they are committed to their children having a normal childhood.

What’s done with all those items?

Kate Middleton and Prince Louis

Kate Middleton and Prince Louis | Kensington Palace via Instagram

So it makes sense why the Cambridge kids don’t keep all the gifts they get, however, one question still remains: What do they do with all those items that aren’t keeping?

“Some items will be taken into the home and others stored within the royal household,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace told the MailOnline, adding, “On occasion, and where appropriate, items may be donated to organizations who can make good use of them. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the warm and generosity that has been extended to their children from members of the public.”

That is usually the action taken with all gifts any member of the royal family receives. Their gift policy states that anything gifted from a private citizen should be refused if “there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.” Otherwise, every gift from a citizen not known to the royal family is first looked over for safety reasons and then could actually be accepted and used under the condition that the item isn’t worth more than $200. If it cannot be used it may be donated to charity. However, there is always the possibility that it may be destroyed and discarded.

Moreover, items from businesses typically aren’t accepted so the company cannot use that for commercial gain.

Read more: What is the Strange Tradition That Will Keep Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Apart on Christmas Morning?

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