George, Charlotte and Louis Can’t Keep All the Christmas Presents: ‘The Worst Nightmare’ | royal | New


Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge spent Christmas Day at their Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk. The Queen’s traditional festive meeting at Sandringham was canceled at the last minute. Her Majesty instead spent the big day at Windsor Castle, where she was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as Prince Edward, Sophie and their two children.

The Cambridges attended a church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Her Majesty’s Sandringham Estate.

They then hosted other members of the Middleton family in the 10-bedroom Anmer Hall.

Being a royal child brings many privileges, including early access to Christmas gifts.

The royal family follows a long tradition in keeping with its German heritage.

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While the majority of families on British soil wait until Christmas Day to open their gifts, the Royal Family opens theirs on Christmas Eve.

Former royal leader Darren McGrady once said: “The royals are of German descent, so they incorporate German traditions into their celebrations.

“After afternoon tea, they open presents on Christmas Eve, as is German tradition.”

William and Kate, however, hold back some gifts to prolong the excitement until the big day.

“Getting so many gifts wouldn’t have a good effect on children.”

This was confirmed by a Kensington Palace spokesperson at the time.

They explained: “Some items will be taken into the house and others stored in the royal household.

“On occasion, and where appropriate, items may be donated to organizations that can put them to good use.

“Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the warmth and generosity extended to their children by members of the public.”

While young royals will create their own Christmas lists, adults tend to opt for fun gifts for each other.

Meghan Markle has a history with comedic gifts, especially to the Queen. She reportedly bought Her Majesty a singing toy hamster in 2017, her royal debut at Christmas.

Prince Harry, too, regularly pulls out the stops for his grandmother.

It is widely reported that he once bought her a shower cap with a slogan reading “Ain’t Life A Bitch”, which the Queen reportedly loved.

Meghan and Harry’s unofficial autobiography, Finding Freedom, claimed another of Harry’s gifts also worked well.

The book read: “Another time he gave his grandmother a Big Mouth Billy Bass singing toy that was supposed to sit proudly at Balmoral.”

Harry had also been the butt of jokes with occasional Christmas presents. Before she started dating Meghan and was single after a string of failed relationships, Kate bought her a ‘Grow Your Own Girlfriend’ kit.

As the Royal Family open all their gifts together in the Sandringham drawing room, the whole family reportedly watched as Harry opened the comical present.


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