QUEEN Elizabeth II historically spend the festive season with her family at Sandringham House in Norfolk. But present giving among the royals isn’t just wrapping up the gift and leaving it under the tree, it has been revealed.
Christmas is approaching and the British royal family, like most families, have their own way of celebrating the happy holiday. First of all, the royals will not give each other presents on Christmas Day because they follow a German tradition, handing out the presents on Christmas Eve instead. However, this is not the only strange thing about their gift exchanging.
The Queen’s three rules when the royals open Christmas presents
Queen Elizabeth II follow three strict rules when the royal family sit down on Christmas Eve to open their presents.
The tradition surrounding the presents dates back decades and involves so-called “gag” gifts.
But there are also procedure and rules which must be followed at the Queen’s order.
Some of the most memorable Christmas presents has been an “Ain’t life a bitch” bath hat given to the Queen from Prince Harry.
Another rather strange gift includes a white leather toilet seat given by Princess Anne to Prince Charles and a grow-your-own-girlfriend kit given to Prince Harry by Kate.
The royal family also follow some other quirky traditions regarding presents over the festive season.
On Christmas Eve, presents are placed on a white linen-covered trestle table, with cards marking exactly where the piles of gifts should be put.
And the tradition of not giving each other presents on Christmas Day like most Britons is due to the royals German heritage.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: “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.”
All members of the royal household will also receive gifts from the Queen and in addition, the staff receives a Christmas pudding.
This is a tradition introduced by her father, King George VI and her grandfather George V.
Approximately 1,500 Christmas pudding paid by Queen Elizabeth II through the Privy Purse is given out to the staff every year.