Why Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Louis will NOT open presents on Christmas Day
PRINCESS Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis will not open their presents on Christmas morning, according to royal tradition.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William’s three children will open their gifts a day early on Christmas Eve with the rest of the Royal Family.
The royals open their presents on Christmas Eve because of their German heritage.
In Germany, gifts are exchanged on December 24, a day earlier than in the UK.
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.”
The Royal Family revealed the tradition on their official website.
The website says: “On Christmas Eve, the Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime.”
This year is little Louis’s first Christmas, after the tot was born in April.
The Royal Family spend Christmas and New Year at Sandringham House, the Queen’s royal residence in Norfolk.
On Christmas Day, the Queen attends church in the morning with other members of the Royal Family.
Crowds of well-wishers gather outside St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day to see the royals.
Kate and William’s youngsters have not yet attended the festive church service.
But George is five this year, meaning the Prince could step out for his first Christmas outing at church.
It is unlikely that 3-year-old Charlotte will join her parents for the service, despite the youngster’s very confident attitude.
And Louis is certain to stay at home as he will not celebrate his first birthday until May 2019.
Last year, Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family for Christmas, despite not yet being married to Prince Harry.
Kate did not join the royals for the festive period until she had married William in 2011, despite the pair dating for years ahead of their royal wedding.
And Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is said to have been invited to join the royals this year for Christmas.
But the Middleton’s have never spent Christmas Day with the Royal Family.
Next year, there will be another addition to the royal celebrations as the Duchess of Sussex is is expecting her first child with Harry in spring 2019.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK