Royal family celebrating Christmas IN PICTURES – best of the royal family festive photos

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CHRISTMAS is here and all around the world families are waking up to celebrate the special day with loved ones. Here is a look at some of the best Christmas snaps of England’s beloved Royal Family.

If there’s one family that knows how to celebrate Christmas, it’s the Royals. The festivities include decadent Christmas trees, a feast to behold and an abundance of gifts. The gang usually spend the season at the Queen’s Sandringham House on her country estate in Norfolk and this year is no different.

When Her Majesty’s children were small, many Christmases were celebrated at Windsor Castle, where The Royal Family spends Easter.

Royal family Christmas If there’s one family that knows how to celebrate Christmas it’s the royals Image Getty
Royal family Christmas If there’s one family that knows how to celebrate Christmas it’s the royals Image Getty

But since 1988, when the castle was being rewired, Royal Christmases returned to Sandringham.

The family has not one but two Christmas trees for the holiday.

Royal family Christmas The Queen and her mum in 1929 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas The Queen and her mum in 1929 Image Getty

Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, is thought to have introduced the Christmas tree to the Royal Family.

The later enthusiasm of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the custom helped spread the popularity throughout the country.

Royal family Christmas The Queen in 1969 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas The Queen in 1969 Image Getty

Today, The Queen and Members of her family, will usually put the final touches on their Christmas tree.

On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime.

Royal family Christmas The family in 1971 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas The family in 1971 Image Getty

They are fond of jokey gifts, with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, once giving Harry a “Grow Your Own Girlfriend” kit!

Royal family Christmas Diana and Charles with baby William in 1982 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Diana and Charles with baby William in 1982 Image Getty

All members of The Royal Household will receive Christmas presents from The Queen, and Her Majesty will personally hand out presents to some members of The Royal Household at Buckingham Palace and at Windsor Castle.

Royal family Christmas Fergie in 2008 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Fergie in 2008 Image Getty

Continuing the tradition from her father, King George VI and her grandfather, George V – The Queen also gives Christmas puddings to her staff.

Royal family Christmas Royal cousins in 2009 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Royal cousins in 2009 Image Getty

About 1,500 Christmas puddings paid for by The Queen are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police.

Royal family Christmas Harry in Afghanistan in 2012 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Harry in Afghanistan in 2012 Image Getty

Each pudding is accompanied by a greeting card from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Royal family Christmas Her Majesty in 2012 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Her Majesty in 2012 Image Getty

Each year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh send around 750 Christmas Cards, which will usually feature a family photo.

Royal family Christmas Charles and Camilla in 2012 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Charles and Camilla in 2012 Image Getty

The card is signed ‘Elizabeth R’ and ‘Philip’ and features their official cyphers. Family, friends, and Members of The Royal Household will likely be the recipients of The Royal Christmas Card, but British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers, Governor-General and High Commissions may also be sent one.

Royal family Christmas The Duchess of Cambridge in 2015 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas The Duchess of Cambridge in 2015 Image Getty

The Duke of Edinburgh has a further 200 cards sent out at Christmas to different regiments and organisations close to him.

Royal family Christmas Prince George in 2016 Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Prince George in 2016 Image Getty

On Christmas morning, they all head to the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, a country church visited by The Queen’s Great-Great-Grandmother Queen Victoria, which dates back to the 16th century.

Royal family Christmas Last years celebration in Sandringham Image Getty
Royal family Christmas Last years celebration in Sandringham Image Getty

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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