Christmas is a great time to spend with your family, most likely eating an enormous amount of food while relaxing in front of some good TV!
But what will Christmas Day be like for the Royal family? Read our guide to find out exactly what they’ll be getting up to…
What will Prince George and Princess Charlotte get for Christmas?
While we won’t know what Father Christmas will bring the two young royals until Christmas morning, we do know just what there presents will waiting in at the end of their bed.
It’s been revealed that George and Charlotte will each get a personalised Santa’s sack to put at the end of the bed on Christmas Eve. Then hand-printed bags cost £27 each from Selfridges and are a two-and-a-half foot high so will have plenty of room for all their presents. The sacks say that the presents get there by ‘Reindeer delivery’, while it also gives the return address as ‘Father Christmas, The Elves Workshop, Returns Dept, Arctic Circle, The North Pole’.
But of course, as George and Charlotte and royals, the sacks are a little bit different as both will have a little crown printed at the top of the sack.
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What the royals eat on Christmas Day
Former royal chef Darren McGrady has revealed just what the royals will be eating during the Christmas weekend… and it obviously includes a lot of turkeys.
Speaking to Hello!, Darren admitted: ‘It was the same meal every year.
‘They’re actually boring when it comes to festivities! They didn’t do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys. We did three turkeys for the Queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the children nursery, then more for the 100 or so staff, so everyone had a Christmas lunch.’
Darren added that the family’s dinner was very traditional.
He said the family would dine on ‘turkey, different stuffings, sage and onion, chestnut – and the traditional sides like roast potatoes, mash potatoes, parsnips and Brussels sprouts’.
And as you’d expect from a royal festive dinner, Christmas pudding was essential.
Darren said: ‘The pudding was made in pudding basins, turned out, decorated in holly, doused in brandy and then the palace steward would carry it, flaming, into the royal dining room. It was so traditional.’
The last meal of the day was an ‘elaborate’ evening buffet. ‘The buffet was when they brought out the whole spread,’ said Darren.
‘When I was there Harrods would always give them a whole foie gras en croute. They’d have a whole Stilton cheese. We’d take the top off, pitchfork the top and pour port into it. It made this gorgeous spread for the crackers. It was really opulent. There was also a big York ham that was decorated.
‘Then after carving all of the meat, the Queen would then ask the steward to pour the Head Chef a drink and he’d get a whisky and they’d toast him and say thank you, and that was them saying thank you for the whole year.’
What the royals do on Christmas day
Over Christmas, the royal family stay at Sandringham House in Norfolk. Traditionally the Queen and Prince Philip would make this journey using public transport while the rest of the family arrive later on Christmas Eve.
Once all the royal guests have arrived, they will often finish decorating the Christmas tree and give each other small gifts. On Christmas Eve, the family will also have a formal black tie dinner.
On Christmas Day, the royal family walk to St Mary Magdalene Church for a traditional Christmas service. The Queen will have already received communion in the morning.
After Christmas dinner, the family would go for a walk around the Sandringham Estate before going back to watch the Queen’s speech.
Darren also said they would then go for afternoon tea. He said: ‘It was always the chocolate Yule log, which was a twist on the chocolate birthday cake, scones, mince pies, different types of sandwiches and the Christmas cake.’
Where will William and Kate spend Christmas day?
It’s a dilemma that faces families across the UK every time 25th December rolls around – should you spend Christmas Day with your family, or with the parents of your other half?
The choice of who to spend Christmas with is tricky at the best of times, but we imagine it’s even tougher when you’re royalty – but it sounds like Prince William and Kate have already made a firm decision for themselves, and their children Prince George and Prince Charlotte, as HELLO! magazine reports that they will be spending the festive season with the Middleton family this year.
The Cambridges pictured during their tour of Canada earlier this year
‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children will have a private Christmas day with the Middleton family,’ sources told the magazine.
Kate and William have been regular attendees at the Queen’s Sandringham celebrations for years – in fact, this Christmas marks only the second time since their marriage in 2011 that they won’t spend the day with William’s side of the family, and it’s the first time ever that Charlotte and George will both celebrate with their maternal grandparents, Michael and Carole.
The family will still see the Windsor side of the family over the Christmas period
However, HELLO! also understands that the foursome will soon return to the estate in Norfolk to join The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry, who has just returned from a series of engagements in the Caribbean – most likely on Boxing Day.
George and Charlotte won’t be short on pint-sized company, as their cousin Mia Tindall is also expected to attend with her parents Zara and Mike, who recently announced that they were expecting their second child together.
A spokesperson for the Royal Family confirmed the pregnancy by saying that the couple are ‘thrilled’, adding: ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family are delighted with the news.’